A selection of my favorite seasonal magazines and art catalogs I've held onto over the years...Cabana, Philips de Pury, Granary 1.
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Something sparked the other night during the eclipse.
Exhaustion and anger combusted.
And, ideas caught on fire.
If my creativity was a dry forest, it ended up being scorched ground, with a whole bunch of little seeds, once closed tightly within their shells, now able to spread wildly about.
I decided to burn the creative business plan (and nearly all the material I had prepared) for the second part of the year and walk away. Walk away with zero F**** about what I was destroying. Because the ecosystem of my creativity needed space. It needed breath. And if it wasn't meant to be, I don't have to place any more energy into it.
The landscape had become deceptively verdant with weeds from seeds of everyone elses' instructions on how to produce, execute and deliver ideas, making the way I best serve and share the beauty of a creative garden harder and harder to achieve. In other words...I feel like I haven't been able to fully communicate the experience of the offerings and programs I put together for you and as a result, you are not able to experience the full beauty of them.
Therefore, all of my digital offerings, classes, workshops, one-to-one services I've ever put out into the world (with the exception of portrait photography and long-term creative guidance) will be reconstructed as hard copy art books. There will be no more digital-live courses, programs or workshops as far as I can see.
But instead? Beautiful, hard-linen and softbound journals that you can explore at your own pace, with surprise vellum and printed card stock inserts, that you can layout on your coffee table as an invitation to create, display as art on the bookshelf, and spread out on the dining table alongside your children doing their homework. And for some of you, these books will feel so precious that you'll die if you mark their pristine insides, so you'll grab a scrap notepad to work the exercises on instead. (you know what I'm talking about, right?)
Unlike (the saturated market of) digital courses and downloads that we often purchase on a whim (because of scarcity mindset and desperation) and never look at again after the first module, these courses-as-books are going to feel like a long-term investments in your self-care, that space of breath and inspiration you return to year after year when your heart needs to touch and hold beauty; when your creativity needs to reach out to that friend who you may not speak to for years but it feels like you pick up right where you left off the last time you connected. These books aren't going to be the quick consumption, kindle download or print on demand -- they will be produced in pre-order, small runs, in order to maintain quality (just like an artist's print edition.)
For those of you who are not familiar with my art background, it's not in photography -- it's in printmaking, papermaking, bookbinding and the history of decorative arts. Privately, I'm fascinated by installation art and user and experience design -- exchanging our energy with spaces and objects can transport us to places beyond where we are standing, from past lives to dreams of the future.
Books are another vehicle for that type of transport and it feels right to only place my energy into creating physical experiences vs digital ones.
(So, with that, this original email served as a "last call" for any programs or one-to-one services folks may have been thinking about joining but did not get around to doing so, such as the ones below:)
-Art Making Days (these are one hour, laser-coaching sessions for kickstarting your creativity);
-The Art of Slow (a course on deepening the relationship you have with your personal practice amongst the hustle and burn out of a digital world--if there are enough of us to create a small group, I will run the program again in the coming weeks - otherwise, I will keep on task of turning this material into an at-your-own-pace, beautifully bound, creative journal.);
-Make Your Mark Accountability Bootcamp for Creatives (a 60 day accountability experience when you finally get those ideas out of your head and onto the paper -- no more waiting. We connect 5 days a week, one-to-one for high touch support, for two months.)
If there is something in the garden of your life that feels overgrown, unmanageable, invaded...if you are not moving through your space in a way that feels like breath and ease, the pace of the path is out of alignment with your own step, you have the choice to stop, to pivot, the cut down the brush, to pull the weeds. Burn it down and create all over again.
Sometimes we need to clear the ground in order to see the space we've got to work with.