Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Autumn Afternoon

"Autumn Afternoon" is one of the small abstracts I created for my Etsy shop, where you will find it now. A short post today. Tonight is a big event for me, giving readings in Pacific Palisades, and I am fully booked. In order to prepare myself, I am resting, eating well, and of course, blogging.

Yesterday I actually finally added my greeting cards to my Etsy shop. Geez Louise, it took me long enough. There is an unending amount of things to do in terms of promotion, and as February approaches, I am making my February lists. I am beginning with my goals for the month, always with an eye to much bigger goals. The bigger picture, broken down into the present moment, is much easier to handle and manifest. Today I can do thus and such...and so on.

I find this a valuable way to keep sight of the bigger picture, and not overwhelm myself in the present. This also keeps my focus on what I am doing, instead of comparing myself with others.

How do you work with your goals as an artist, creative, human?

"Autumn Afternoon" 2007 10"x10" acrylic on vinyl in reverse
available on ETSY

12 comments:

The Artful Eye said...

Kris- I cannot keep up with all your beautiful posts. Let me start off by wishing you well for your event this evening, sounds like fun. With regard to your ? I try very, let me stress VERY hard to break down the bigger goals because I have so many of them and find myself swimming sometimes in the sea of goals and I work full time with only the weekends to spare. So you have to be diligent. If I take a deep breathe and write down a 'few' goals and set my sight on them I'm pretty good about accomplishing them. I'm passionate about so many things that I overwhelm myself at times. I love reading and commenting and exploring all these blogs and haven't quite figured out a good way to manage my visits interspersed with my creativity. I think at some time or another we all try to compare ourselves because we are human and that's what we do- so when I catch myself with that feeling of hell I'm not talented look here,and then here, I refocus my energy to what makes me happy and I realize that what I do and how I do it makes me happy and if others find joy in it that's great. I made a promise a long time ago that I would create for myself first and then share. I don't ever want to mass produce anything. I understand that I can't be for everyone and everyone can't be for me. My main goal is to be true to myself. Cheers!!

Sweet Irene said...

I love your painting and the colors you used. I won't rhapsodize about it, but simply tell you that it is lovely.

Not being a true artist, I have no goals in that direction, but I only have goals as a human being with a disorder and therefor somewhat challenged in my life.

My goal is to always find balance and in my case that means walking a tight rope that is stretched between two high places. Sometimes I wobble very much and fall off on one side or the other.

I suppose, that in the end, my goal is not that dissimilar to that of other people, in that I want to find peace inside myself and to share that with those around me. You are lucky in that you have your artwork to do that for you, it speaks volumes.

I am happy that you share it with us and that you are generous that way. It makes life as I live it every day much more interesting and beautiful.

HMBT said...

Love the colors playing in this work! As far as goals go, I am a keep it simple stupid person. I break big things down untill they are so simple that it's easy to do them. Marketing and promotion are done on a schedule and I stick to it. Otherwise I would just spin all day and never really get anywhere. I could just paint all the time, and not worry about the world at all. Of course that is not possible, so I keep a running list and have daily goals to keep it from eating me alive.
Break a leg on those readings!

JafaBrit's Art said...

I like how you describe your work as being like a jewel :)

I trust my inner voice when it comes to creating. If I am not in the mood I don't force myself to create. I go to my index card list for each project and look for things that appeal to me. Sometimes it could be just screwing in the hooks for the paintings, or gluing in pics in my sketchbook. So I always seem to be doing something art related, but not necessarily creating per se. Sometimes my mood changes while I am doing those little art chores and I am ready to get into a painting.

All the best with your event this evening.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Kris,

I am sure your reading went excellently!!

I found it takes quite a bit of time to do all the uploading and stuff necessary ... it all just takes time!!

I need to get more organized too.

~ Diane Clancy
www.dianeclancy.com/blog

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

I try to make one good image a week and not yell at the kids. And not have Marie yell at me.

I should have more goals, but I am defense. Socccer dad.

Strong image - you are not at all tentative, are you? Fear no evil....

Kris Cahill said...

Laugh in the face of Dr. Evil! And his sidekick, Mini Me. Bwahahahaha.

I may be more tentative that it looks. I like to think I have refined my "diving headfirst" tactics into something that works better now.

Making one good image a week is great. I don't know how you define "good", but I know it often takes several to get the goods. How boring it would be if they were all perfect from the start, where's the discovery in that?

Kris Cahill said...

Thanks for your comments on goals, everyone.

Artful Eye, I heartily concur!

Irene, your goals are beautifully expressed, and I share many of them.

Heather, I like your method of breaking it down into smaller parts. It is so much easier this way.

Jafabrit, Your index card list sounds like a good way to organize. I also have a hard time creating when I'm not in the mood and I'll take care of some of the many little details then as well.

Diane, Yes, the time element in uploading stuff is huge, but so worth doing, I agree.

amy said...

I love this piece! The colors are great! What do you use for your readings? Hands, tarot, runes, etc.?

Kris Cahill said...

Hi Amy,
I use my clairvoyance. I see energy and read what I see. I've got a lot written about my readings on my website: www.kriscahill.com.

Thanks for the comment!

Neda said...

How was your fab evening?? Do tell!

You mean there is life beside art? Haha...I tend to very organized in everything (a bit OCD) except when it comes to my artistic attempts. I get moved to create and I have to drop everything and do it to the detriment of other things (such as cooking which, between us, is such a mystery and a bore to me...so I ain't complainin'!).

Kris Cahill said...

Hi Neda,
The evening went very well. I have people book their reading time so it's grounded and organized, and I was fully booked.

I am also very organized, and making a mess is a big healing for me. I do like to cook, it's another great way to make a big mess!