Decorating for the holidays is fun, but sometimes those pumpkins or bright Santa figures don't seem comfortable in front of you treasured art. Here are four things you can do to help your art and your decorations get along during the holidays.
I first published this piece in 2016. I still use these tips when I decorate for Christmas especially displaying special holiday family photos. One of my favorites is this picture of my sons now 25 and 29 with angel wings!
Again after Newtown and Paris. Troubled times.
I hear myself saying, What is the point? Painting?
How does that do anything? It seems frivolous and somehow pointless.
Should I turn my brush toward expressing my political view? Trade my art for activism?
Paint doom and gloom?
I get it that artists, writers, and musicians can be reflective of what is happening around us. We need to be reflective, but you don’t have to change what you do, you have to continue. If you paint trees, continue to paint trees.
Paint the beauty. Paint the faces, the color and the joy.
Paint like it’s your job—that’s what artists do.
What happened when I got stuck and stopped making art?
I worried about stopping.
I was confused about stopping.
I investigated my confusion. I got information. I talked.
I made a new plan. I stopped procrastinating.
Then everything changed when I gave up worrying about getting stuck,
being stuck and staying stuck.
Now I just make art or I don’t.
Not being stuck, just being.
Even though last month was crazy busy, I decided to try a month long painting challenge. The idea is to paint every day and post a finished painting on the host website. There are no other rules.
Here is what I learned: