It has been about a month since I have begun the WARM mentor program and I have already accomplished a lot. Part of the program is journaling, sketching and generally documenting what you do during the two years. I figured it would be great to have multiple outlets for recording my experience (much like I blogged during my residency at Prairie Center). I hope to share and showcase my current projects, successes, events and more during my participation in the program.
On my year recap blog post, I shared my personal goals and work plan for the next two years. I have already accomplished a lot during January. I have a list of 25 tasks I want to accomplish during the program and I will refer to each of my tasks as I work towards them.
Number 20. Spend time creating a vision board(s) and a work(s) of art that fully embodies my spirituality, dreams and goals
One of my program goals is to create artwork for myself, artwork I do not intend to exhibit. My first project was to make vision boards. I created three vision boards, one for my inner self, one for my art career, and one for my life adventures. I have blogged a few times detailing the project. Now that I have created them, they are sitting in my studio so I can view them as I work on making art. I hope to work on a fourth vision board about my accomplishments and successes and a 5th vision board that is more pin board style where I can constantly move and re-position objects and images.
Number 6. Experiment: try new things (both art and non-art) and Number 23. Hang up my perfectionist coat
My first big work I made during the program was my pug painting titled, “What The Pug Are You Looking At?” It is my first painting on wood. I also flipped the negative and positive space and I painted the background and left the pugs the color of the wood.
In my pursuit of trying new things, I poured resin over the piece after I completed it. Resin is anything but a perfect medium but it turned out good. For my first crack at trying resin, I think it was a success and I would love to find more ways to incorporate resin into my pieces.
Number 1. Work on positive self-talk and self-care, locate my saboteur and practice affirmations and Number 9 Build a creative practice and studio rituals that will sustain me as a lifetime artist
I also have been working on some artistic and studio processes. I made a studio altar and a ritual and I am now working on locating and controlling my inner critic. I have a fun new inner critic project that I began working on and will share it when it is completed! But my studio altar is a small little space that I placed a few special items in including a plant, a card, a few books, a poem I wrote and a gift I got from my vessel.
Affirmations are my February project!
Number 12. Be thankful and share my gratitude
This January, I received the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board! I am very excited and very thankful for this experience! I will be working on my Beauties Behaving Badly Series and executing a solo exhibition.
My experience in the WARM program has begun! I hope to continue posting my projects and updates each month!