Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Inspiration: Artists Helping Artists Podcasts

Alstroemerias on the wall
{a new framed 6x6 inch painting - reserved for someone special}

Hello,

The weeks are flying by. Naomi has been keeping me busy, which means studio time has been precious. When I get a chance to be in the studio, I try to make the most of it and get as much completed as possible...

I have a few things in the works that I will share more about as the new year approaches.

When working on a painting I have been listening to some of the Artists Helping Artists podcasts and what I have been hearing has been helpful. If you are an artist you may also like listening to them, all of them provide helpful information.

The podcasts I have enjoyed the most to date are:

1. Carol Marine's first appearance on the show.

In this podcast the practice of daily painting is discussed and Carol Marine talks about how she got into it because she had a little toddler at home and found that painting small paintings during his naps were a way to keep her painting muscles limber.

Going back to painting small "daily paintings" is something I am considering now that I have a little baby. When I first started this blog in 2007 I was working full time and painting 2-4 small daily paintings a week was something I could do in my free time. The small scale gave me an opportunity to try out many ideas and the smaller pieces tend to be completed with greater speed, so I also had a sense of accomplishment of finishing paintings on the weekend before returning to work on Monday morning.

2. How To Set Your Goals For The Year

This podcast has been inspirational in getting me focused on planning for 2012. Life has changed in a BIG way this year, however I do not want that to hold my art career back, so I am working on some ideas that will start in 2012. This podcast has been helpful in kick starting the process and helping me see that big ideas are possible to be turned into workable plans.

3. A Conversation with Kevin Macpherson

In this podcast Kevin Macpherson is just so down to earth and clear about why he is an artist. I love the friendly conversation.

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Here is an update on how things are going with Naomi, she is now 3-1/2 months old and beginning to become mobile. Right now she is just wiggling and trying to roll over but I think any day now she will not be satisfied with the limits of her blanket and want to be into everything!


{Naomi loves her little doll and grabs for most anything now}


{tummy time is now fun!}

Have a great weekend,
and thanks for visiting!

Liz

6 comments:

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Elizabeth, I had NO idea that you had given birth to
this delightful little girl. I guess I should stop by more often. May I be corny and say that she is your best work
Of art to date?
Of course you really are a very good painter !
Congratulations and all the best to you and your family.

Virginia Floyd said...

Thanks for sharing these tips. I always think I don't have the time to listen to the podcasts, but doing while painting is a great idea. I'll have to move my computer, though.

Love the pictures of Naomi. Look at her holding up her head! And those precious little hands. She's beautiful. Enjoy!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi Mary! SHE is my best work yet! and continues to inspire me to keep at it by how well she is growing.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Virginia :)

Do you have an iPod? That is how I listen to them while painting, because my computer is in a different room than where I paint.

Sarah said...

I agree, Liz - your daughter is really cute! And 3.5 months is pretty early to be grabbing and rolling - she's a genius to boot!

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks Sarah!