Pushing onward and forwards- I am happy to report that after a month of coughing, hacking, fever chills, severe headaches, and green ugly boogers flying out of my nose that I am finally on the mend. I feel so much better after taking care of myself with some of the suggestions that was in my last blog post. Trust me when I say that being sick sucks! Take care of yourself to avoid having feeling like your lungs might explode!
During this time that I really missed with you all out there, I had the opportunity to go to many wonderful craft shows with my sick self and have had the greatest honor of becoming an aunt to a beautiful baby girl named "Maddy." She is quickly becoming one of the loves of my life. It's funny how having a new baby in the family seems to put everything in perspective! Art is wonderful but it's not nearly as important as family. This is a very hard thing for me to learn but it's starting to knock me on the head with each scream of my niece when she's hungry.
Back to the craft shows for a minute- if you are in need of inspiration I strongly urge that you go to a few. Craft shows have some of the most innovative art that is out there right now. It's funny how it seems mainstream art follows in the footsteps of folk artists. I didn't even buy anything (because that would take money) but just going and looking will renew your spirit as an artist and get those new ideas flowing again. I know too many artists out there that do not look at nearly enough artwork of other folks. It's no wonder that their love of art dries up! It would be like an author trying to write a book without ever reading a book themselves. Here are a FEW artists that I personally love and look to for inspiration:
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Anyways, I have been working on a great mountain of Thanksgiving and Christmas dolls here lately. I love Halloween but it doesn't quite pack the punch like Turkey and Christmas lights. So to get myself in the mood, I have been listening to Christmas music and driving my family absolutely CRAZY! It's fun and good to do that at times I think! :) So far I have made one Christmas doll and I named her "The Ghost of Christmas." I am trying to combine Halloween and Christmas together a bit since Halloween has not yet even come and I am making Christmas dolls! Here she is:
As you have probably noticed these inspirations are not in my medium but they none the less affect me and me doing my artwork in making dolls. It is still important for artists to engage in art that is going on around them for them to make art that people can relate to in this day and age.
So here is your beginning taste of some contemporary art that is out there.
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On a closing note here are some artists that are also doll artists that also inspire me:
ENJOY YOUR DAY!!!