Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Had a EUREKA moment!

My Mojo has been missing and now I think I have found it again. I had been reading this book whilst on holiday and thoroughly recommend it. It is a 'read' rather than a technique/idea book (but there is a project at the end of each chapter)

' Taking Flight - inspiration and techniques to give your creative spirit wings'

by Kelly Rae Roberts , who I heard being interviewed on a crafty podcast.

Anyway it came to me in a flash yesterday afternoon, due I am sure to reading this book. The reason I have become a bit stuck is that I believe I have been creating under the shadow of another. Feeling that I always had to please them, do stuff that they would approve of and like. This is no way to be free to create living under the 'fear' that you will be criticised/poked fun at/belittled. Your Art is your Art and has to please no one but yourself. It's simple but not easy!

But buoyed up by this realisation I very quickly created a canvas which I would never have considered doing before for all the above reasons. And how therapeutic was that!

You may not like it - I do - that's all that matters!

On a much lighter note, imagine G's reaction when she came through the other night to find mum taking a mould of her Dad's face..... surprised the poor girl didn't have nightmares! Not sure quite what I am going to do with it, but I will think of something!
'Live your life for yourself, if you live for someone else its not your life but theirs and they have the power to destroy it' - author unknown


  1. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhghghgh is that REALLY Matt?


  2. and I just love the pink/blue and sparkle canvas. At last you have found colour lol


  3. Hi Nicks
    Just popped over to see what you've been up to lately, what a shock to find you've been mummyfying your nearest and dearest! - I might have to have a go at that!

    Love your canvas too, it says so much with so few words. Thanks for following my blog.
    x Michelle

  4. Love the canvas Nicks, very personal and unique. Debs H

  5. Yes, yes and yes, Nicks! That's more like it - I love your fighting spirit, it comes through on this blog like a happy bright beacon. And I couldn't agree more with you. Self indulgence is what art's all about! The old saying, beauty is in the eye of the beholder is so true about art. It's subjectivity is precisely why we shouldn't butter up to the latest art fad or influence. I like to take my inspiration where I can get it, but to become slavish to a particular influence is just c...r...a...z...y!
    You go girl - it takes guts to do what you've just done! Maybe the mask in this piece (and on your father!) says something about the masks we generally wear to get "along" in the world. You are no longer a walking "misnomer".

  6. Like it I love it like what you said as well makes a lot of sense you do sometimes LOL. XX

    PMSL@ Matthew he don't half have a lot to put up with mind you I wouldn't mind seeing the rest as a mould looks pretty good round the shoulders !:)

  7. Well that's one way of getting some peace and quiet with Matt isn't Nicks?! lol

    hmmm Matt immortalised - is the world ready for that?! lol

    Do it for you Nicks, go for it!

    Debs H xxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Hi Nicks
    Looking forward to the next leg of YOUR creative journey ;-) I am sure we will be further fascinated, encouraged and entertained as you explore the ginnel's and gorges ;-)

    Relieved that you were only casting of Matt's face when G entered the room......ROFL!

  9. ... hit return before I finished, sorry!

    x susan (ND)

  10. OMG nicks
    how goos was he to do that, i couldnt, cant wait to see what you do with it!! yep create what you like not others, i use to be like that with my piccies, now i do them for me if ilike thats all that matters,we all see things differant. sue.x


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