Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Make Good Art...

Hello all! I decided to come through, and wish everyone a very happy hump day. The weekend will soon be here, and I imagine everyone will be in weekend bliss. Experiencing that satisfying feeling of sleeping in, and controlling your own day. Seeing old friends, visiting family, throwing a few BBQ's, and greeting a drink or two before the new week pops its ugly green head out. 

      Before we greet Friday with open arms, I have a phrase I would like to share with my valued readers, to help you live til Friday easily. It's a phrase I acquired from my Art Education professor before ending my semester. "Make good Art"

        To clarify, what this phrase means, I have the video below, and I recommend you watch it, or otherwise read below...                            
                                                                  "Make Good Art." 

"Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong in life, in love, and in business, and in friendship, and in health, and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you  should do...make good art. Remember whatever discipline you're in, whether you're a musician, or photographer, fine artist, or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, singer, designer. Whatever you do, you have one thing that is unique, you have the ability to make art. Husband runs off with a politician, make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor, make good art. IRS on your trail, make good art. Someone on the internet thinks what you're doing is stupid or evil, or it's all been done before. Do what only you can do best, make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days too. While you're at it, make your art. Do the stuff that only you can do. The one thing that you have that nobody else has, is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write, and draw, and build, and play, and dance, and live as only you can. Make up your own rules. Be wise, because the world needs more wisdom. And now go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make glorious, and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art." -Neil Gaiman 2012
(watch video below)

      I decided to use this phrase, in everything that defines me! 

Teacher...Make good Lessons.
Teacher...Make good Art. 
Blogger...Make good Posts. 
Fiance...Make good Love.
Sister...Make good Fun.
Aunt...Make good Fun.
Writer...Make good Art. 
Artist...Make good Art. 
     When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I learned to blog, by blogging. I wrote, and wrote. I visited other blogs, and began to notice that I wasn't the only one who was lost. My blogging canvas was blank. Almost a year later, I am grateful to have experienced blogging, and came up with my own rules. My blog, my rules. To me, blogging is a form of my art. Its my art that I put out there into the world. 

     It's as if I'm putting a message in a bottle, and throwing it out to sea. Hoping to god that someone would find it, and be inspired. Hoping to god that someone will relate to me, and see all that I am doing. My blog is a message in a bottle that's floating in the sea of the internet. Hoping to be discovered by curious readers. 

     I learned to be thick skinned, and expect failure. I dreaded negative feedback, or one would discover my message. That I would stay a quiet, no name, no read blog in a corner, somewhere in internet land. In the beginning, I wanted my blog to be big, I wanted my blog to be recognized fast, and couldn't wait. Not realizing that it takes time to acquire valued readers.   

     All of which, relates to being a teacher...I want it all, and I want it now. I'm venturing out in the Fall for my second internship. This will be my chance to be a teacher in a classroom. So how do you learn to be a teacher? By teaching. How do you learn to love? By loving! How do you learn to have fun? By letting go, and having fun. How do you blog? By blogging. How do you learn how to write? By writing. 

I hope to inspire those of you who read my blog. If you're a full time blogger...turn it into "Make Good Posts" If you're a chef "Make Good Food" If you're a teacher "Make Good Lessons" , etc. This first video is just under two minutes, and is the gist of it, but the speech below is where all the inspiration lies. If you have a few minutes, and need the extra motivation listen to the whole thing! Especially if your feeling defeated and need a pick me up...I recommend you watch it! 

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