January 13

Waiting For Painting Class

Posted by lori . 17 Comments


Since I don’t start Juliette Crane’s How to Paint a Girl E-course until January 20, I’m kind of in limbo for my Friday posts.  Here are a few other things I’m working on:

I’m taking an e-course from Susannah Conway called Photo Meditations…so, I’m snapping several pictures every day and learning to “see” things better.


I’m doing one art journal page every week.  I thought it would be nice to document some of my experiences this year and play with mixed media; but, my-oh-my was the first page hard.  Does anyone recognize this?

Me:  I’m going to do an art journal this year.  It will be nice to capture some of my thoughts and feelings, plus it will give me a chance to experiment with layouts and mixed media.  This will be fun, and I’ll learn some new things.

My Inner Critic:  Sounds good.  You’ve never really been good at coming up with things on your own though.  You’re good at following a pattern, I’ll give you that, but you coming up with anything other than “ugly” on your own…I don’t think so.

Me:  You’re right.  I am better at following patterns; but I want to be more creative with my voice and perspective, and the only way to do that is to try new things and practice so I’ll keep getting better.

My Inner Critic:  Why?  Who are you trying to impress?

Me:  I’m not trying to impress anyone.  I just feel the need to expand in this way.

My Inner Critic:  Why?  Dance Moms is on.  Go have some fun in front of the TV.  No need to stress yourself out by trying to come up with an art journal page.  You don’t even have any ideas on how to start the first page.  You’ve been thinking about it for two days and you still haven’t come up with an idea.  Just forget it.  If you had any talent, surely it wouldn’t take you two days of thinking to come up with nothing.

Me:  I’m DVRing Dance Moms.  There’s nothing wrong with thinking about something for awhile, but you’re right, I’ll never get anything done if I don’t start playing around with it.  Plus, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

My Inner Critic:  Perfect sure is nice though.  Why do something if it’s just going to be a piece of junk.  You’ve never been good at things like this.  You don’t have any natural talent in this area.  Nothing to be ashamed of, but you shouldn’t even try.  I’m pretty sure you’ll just blow it.

Me:  Sorry you’re not with me on this, but I’m going to give it a whirl anyway.

My Inner Critic:  Okay, go ahead; but don’t forget…I’m always here for you.

Anyone else have one of these guys in their head?

On a different note…I’m participating in The World We Found Readalong sponsored by S. Krishna’s Books.  Here’s the Readalong schedule:

Tuesday, January 10: Characters and Marriages in Chapters 1-9 (pp. 1-91)

Thursday, January 12: Friendships and Relationships in Chapters 1-9 (pp. 1-91)

Tuesday, January 17: Religion in Chapters 1-18 (pp. 1-192)

Thursday, January 19: Repression and Control in Chapters 1-18 (pp. 1-192)

Tuesday, January 24: Money and Power in The World We Found

Thursday, January 26: Other Topics and Discussion Wrap-Up for The World We Found

Here is a link to Swapna’s review of The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar.

Daily Inspiration


Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse


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17 Responses to " Waiting For Painting Class"

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Creativity definitely takes courage. My creativity takes place in the kitchen and that’s where it ends. You are obviously a creative person on all different levels. I give you credit for always challenging yourself. I too have an inner critic and right now it’s telling me to just sit back and observe your challenges and works. I have agreed. LOL!

    • lori says:

      I hope you give yourself tons of credit for the kitchen creativity. I am a disaster in the kitchen; so much so that I am only allowed to bring pop to family gatherings.

  • houndstooth says:

    Creativity takes courage for sure! It’s hard to balance those doubts in your head. I look at it this way. If I try something and it doesn’t work, then I know I need to go in a different direction, but I’ve satisfied my curiosity about whether or not it will work. If I try it and it kind of works, I can turn my attention towards developing it. You’ll never know what works and what doesn’t if you don’t get your hands dirty!

  • Puddles says:

    Ahem…sorry but I hads to laugh a little at your inner critic, hers a feisty one to put it mildly. You knows as well as I knows dat da only person you needs to impress is yourself, it’s a great sense of accomplishment. You just slaps some stuffs togethers…and don’t furgets da glitter…and throw da patterns out da window.

    My mum did art journals, dat was hows her gots published way back when da stars was bein’ formed.


    • lori says:

      I would love to know more about your mom’s art journaling! You may want to consider doing a post where you brag on your mom. You could probably throw in a few jabs too, just to keep it real. I agree…glitter makes everything look good.

  • Declan says:

    Hi I’ve missed you guys! Plowing through the back-blogs, but just wanted to say hi to my extended family! Deccy x

  • Patty says:

    I feel so lazy when I look at all that you do. LOL You are very inspiring!

    • lori says:

      Thank you, Patty. It really does look much better on my blog than in real life. You can’t see my sink full of dirty dishes in the pictures.

  • mayziegal says:

    MayzieMom here. Oh, boy! Do I EVER have one of those in my head. I’m preparing to take a BIG leap and that little biotch in my head just won’t SHUT UP! 😀 I’ve been working on putting her in her place but it’s difficult, to say the least.

    I came across this quote the other day that made me realize that this voice is universal and has plagued people for hundreds, if not thousands, of years:

    Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
    – William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

    Somehow that made me feel better. Because for Shakespeare to have written it, he must have felt it, too. Imagine. Shakespeare with doubts! So at least we’re in good company. 🙂

    • lori says:

      Reminding myself of this is helpful, along with surrounding myself with inspiring things. Thank you for the quote. I will be using that as a “Daily Inspiration” quote.

  • Kirsten says:

    Well you are certainly not letting that inner critic slow you down! I applaud how much creative stuff you take on and do with stunning success.Those inner critics can be persistent but we just need to keep doing stuff anyway, until the voice pipes down.

  • Wow… you’re participating in some fantastic creative endeavors…. I’m going to have HH stop by and check out some of the links. Great post.


    pawhugs, Max

  • Pip says:

    How great that you are trying all these new things. We still want to try the felting project!

    Your pal, Pip

  • Inner criticisms can be quite constructive as well.

    Dance moms? That sounds much more frightening than your inner critic!

    • lori says:

      That is so true. When I wrote about my 2012 resolutions, Addie from Fantastic Fables, commented that what we complete and what we don’t complete can direct us to what we truly value. I can see that with inner criticism too. The areas that our inner critic targets are our weak area. Knowing that alone can be a strength.

      You would be right about Dance Moms. My TV viewing habits can be a little questionable.

  • Ann says:

    Your inner critic certainly has a sense of humor. Sounded an awful lot like what mine would say…though probably without the great sense of humor. Congratulations on pushing yourself to try new things and explore your creativity!

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