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This is an online journal of my artistic investigations and a way to communicate about my work, ideas, quandries and queries! I welcome comments and conversation and do hope you enjoy these musings. My artwork is available in my shop MissouriBendStudio on Etsy.com or on my website.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Finding Flow

Oh, so wonderful to be back in the studio. It also doesn't hurt to have a focus of getting new work made for an upcoming exhibition! In a month, I'll begin installing the show at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, so between now and then I will make a whole lot of new pieces. The nature of the work, as well as the way I plan to hang it, will end up being more of an installation....which is somewhat of a stretch for me.

What's so wonderful is experiencing "the flow". This concept of the "flow" has very important implications for living a full and meaningful life, at home, at work and at play. If you are not familiar with the idea, there is a full explanation here. For me, what is significant, is that only when I am fully immersed in the studio, do I really experience flow. It is then that the "shoulds" stop....for instance, often when I am reading, I think I should be doing the laundry, or when I'm online I think I should be doing this or that other important thing. But, when I am in the studio, in the flow, there is no place else I should be. That is significant, I think. We can learn a great deal about ourselves by observing when we experience the timelessness of flow. It holds the key to our motivation, our creativity and what engages us to be fully ourselves.

In between the new pieces now finished for the show, I finally finished a piece for my Etsy shop that has been in the works for some time.



I'm excited about the other new pieces that are being made....here's a sneak peak. At this point, they are all untitled, but that will no doubt change. These piece are all 8x8" and will be hung in a grid pattern....3 sets of 9. So....4 down, 23 to go!






Hope the new year has started off well for you. Enjoy your weekend! I'll be in the studio, but at this point, there's no place I'd rather be!





6 comments:

  1. These are lovely. I'm sure you'll have a sell-out show!

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    1. Hi Christine! Thank you so much! I'm excited to see the work all hanging together....will share photos. Best wishes!

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  2. INTERESTING, FRESH, and Inspiring!

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    1. Hi Sue...thanks so much! I'm glad I can be a bit of inspiration...I think we all inspire each other to be our best. Happy New Year to you.

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  3. looking lovely P - I think together they will be stunning.

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  4. Thank you, Fiona! The show will go up next week, so we'll see how it all works together! It's been wonderful to have the time to work, finally! Hope you are well.

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