Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Flying Girls and Sleeping Kitties



Oh what will it be this evening, hmmm? A small 4 bite sized entenmens chocolate cake? a heated cherry pie? A crumb/pound cake combination. My god dear girls, and fishboy, it will be one of them.

Before I go out to purchase more love handles, first I want to leave you with this thought - we all have much in common. Although one can be a lawyer and another housebound because of sickness to her bed - most of us have been creatively damaged. And wow if that isnt apparent in a comment i received the other day about how my paper dolls could be better if I put the arms underneath the dress instead of on top. This is a wonderful example of what to do as Goddess Ambassadors who are not mere mortals with egos to get bruised but JUICY ladies (and fishboy) who can spot a wounded creative soul from a mile away.

Wounded souls need for things to be the same - to be predictable - and impressive. They want high brow art, the kind that looks photo realistic, and compare other types of art to be lesser in importance. Now, this wounded soul was more than likely earnestly trying to help me from embarrassing myself and educating me in the proper way to make a doll. But this is the point, here, I have one, Im getting to it, wait for it....what is sad is that she could not even for a minute even for the funnest puppet show EVER, just enjoy little figures without improving them! I liked how the arms were sticks. Hell they didnt have hands! Why then, if a puppet doesnt have hands, why should the rest of their anatomy be correct? It doesnt. of course. and how much more fun when it doesnt. How unexpected. arms, like sticks! Poking into the air like disco fever riga-mortis freaks!

Trying to control anothers artwork, trying to make everyones art, and yours included, as the most perfect it could possibly be, is a symptom of a much scarier problem. It all goes back to zen and living in the moment. WHATEVER is given to you, poopie, here, not feeling so well, eating only baby food (meat flavor is his fav) and having a bit of a parkinsons shake now and then, this is my moment. I cant change it. I cant save him. His time is not over but over is somewhat near. Things will probably get worse.

Im saying that your art, your cat, your roommates dirty dishes, yes, yes, life is not about sitting under a tree and taking no action - you take your cat to the vet, you have a discussion with your slob ass roommate, but at some point you must accept WHAT IS without thinking it needs to be differently. You can wish you painted like Rembrandt. Thats fine. you can even practice to be like him, but appreciate where you are right now just as much. and that is what I mean. Dont keep trying to perfect your lives or other peoples lives. Its ok my black sweatpants are covered in cat hair and that I have little nail bitten nubs jetting out from my palms. Its the way it is and damn it, it sure beats living under the dirt. right?

yay for making anything at all. for having the energy to pick up a red crayon and scribbling. cause damn it you CAN.







46 comments:

Kim said...

Very well said Suzi my dear! Art is not meant to follow the norm. It is meant to be exactly what the creator sees and envisions it to be. I used to think that my art wasn't that great because it didn't look like the art that the artists I admire create, then I realized that that was silly. It is an extension of me. Me expressing my emotions and thoughts through the use of paper, glue, paint, all kinds of fun stuff! Keep on doing your thang girl!!!!

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D said...

oh my god. you are totally my new hero.
brilliant post.

mudrailfence said...

Hear, Hear!

Namaste'!!!
:o)

Pattie said...

Suzi...how well said...I once did a painting titled "purple cat" when someone said to me...YOU DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO PURPLE CATS DON'T YOU..
and my reply was...There aren't?
Keep doin and so will I!!

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Bonafyde said...

....Bonafyde waves her stick arms in the air and even without fingers it is clear that she wholeheartedly is signaling her agreement and that Suziblu Rocks!!!....

;)

gina said...

oh suzi its ok she wants perfect armed puppets i have critics right here in my house and i used to get so upset but now i dont show my art every time i do a painting. which now are probably in the hundreds.i have to say when i started art 13 years ago i put down the cigarettes and picked up the paintbrush .bob ross said i can do it and i believed him then other artists told me the same thank god for people like you and them to give us a boost .thank you i adore the portrait of pooh wrapped up ,at least he got a loving home for so long. bless him

Jonna Barnett said...

Well said. One reason it took me sooooooooo long to admit I was an artist (long story short) I love red....red trees, red grass, red horses, red etc. 1st grade teacher.. "Trees aren't red, the grass isn't red, etc etc..." I can still hear her voice but now I just slap more red on the canvas....Viva La Red

MissKoolAid said...

Right on sistah!
Your puppet show cracked me up! I loved the stick arms.

There will always be people out there who honestly think it is their duty to tell us what we should do to make our art better. And they don't mean to be condescending or anything. They truly believe they are doing us a favour by saying these things to us. So we should just smile at them, pat them on the shoulder and say: Everything will be okay.

Seriously.

Cheers,
Sophie

Kitten Muffins said...

hi Suzi, I'm so sorry your sweet kittypooh isn't feeling well. everytime a kitty is sick i can't help but think of all the awful people out there, walking around and being negative and terrible and quite frankly DESERVING illness. whereas, our little fuzzy friends are the sweetest, purest little luvbugs who bring happiness and furry sweetness to everyone they meet. quite frankly, it's not fair. i am sending big hugs and waves of squishy love to your little boy.

ps. if he has trouble eating enough, there is this supplement called "Nutrical" that I've given my senior kitties and they loved the taste of it. The extra calories really did them good, too.

Trine said...

Amen sister, Amen!!

suze said...

Let's hear it for stick arms! I have been trying forever to get some stick arms for myself. I just can't seem to shake these flags.

LuLu said...

You cracked me up, Suzi, with your stick arms puppet story! This is one of the reasons I slowly left the commercial art field. A client would ask me to illustrate an article in a woman's magazine and once the illustration was done, there were ALWAYS comments and critics about lips being too red, boobs being too big, bla, bla, bla...They would say "I love it but..."

Same for commissioned paintings. It is so much fun to have someone ask you to paint something particularly for them. But, I do not think I should have to show them a sketch before for approval??

Art is all about mood, feelings and sparks of creativity. You can not put a timer for these three to meet for a cocktail at a certain hour.

Suzi, all you do is grrrreat! And you DO it! I agree, stick arms with fingerless hands are it! Let's start a club!

Deirdra Doan said...

SPOT ON SUZI......helpful and encouraging....
Much Kitty Love to Pooh.

Serena said...

Art is a personal and individual journey and there is plenty of room for all forms of art. The more, the merrier. I'm an artist who likes to paint realism and I'm here to tell you that I love, Love, LOVE your artwork, Suzi!!! After discovering your YT videos only recently, you have inspired me to attempt my own creative art journals. Thank you! Please keep up your art just as you have been. I can hardly wait to see more of your wonderful creations.

Kissy said...

Suzi, I give you the "Make my Day Award".
Because I really love your art and enjoy watching your videos.
http://kissycross.twoday.net/stories/4621148/

Some people know as much about art as a cow knows about dancing - that's what we would say in Germany.

Wish I would have the courage for stick arms ;-)

popy said...

Pooh is so cute !!
I love this paint !

Hugs
ISA ^_^

iHanna said...

Your doll paintings and the angel cat was so fun to watch! but what is wrong with Poo? How old is he? Give him a kiss from me and Smilla!

abbsy said...

Hi Suzi Blu, I am moving house, selling and buying in Australia, I found your site by accident a couple of weeks ago, the settlement date has fallen through at the last moment with our houses, we are now camping in our own house for the next week and thank God we have not disconnected the internet! I would not have got through the last couple of days without my nightly visit to your site and the pure pleasure of the moment that I received when looking at your beautiful stick arm (attached at the top) pointing straight out to the right in condemnation of the gay boy's love. I was able to live in the pure moment and laugh like a baby without having a nervous breakdown, you saved me Suzi Blu, thank you....
p.s. I have never ever written to anyone on the internet before, but I wanted you to know how inspirational you are, even as far away as Australia.... I am watching thanks XXX

Iris said...

You think in similar ways to me a lot (although you do much better at actually executing these things *grin*). I was oddly happy when I saw the arms on your dolls. I find arms and hands one of the most difficult things to get right so when I see you do it that way it's like you're telling me 'It's OK if it doesn't look true to life, they're still arms!' I'm trying to think that way a lot with my art lately (in an attempt to stop being scared and start DOING stuff) because if I don't I'll fall into the trap of wanting everything to be perfect and not even starting stuff because I know it won't be perfect. But what is perfect anyway?! Blah. Stupid society with its stupid norms about what is art and what isn't art! You're a voice of postmodernism Suzi *grin*

Ada said...

Thanks Suzi, you always say just what I need to hear!
Cheers!

Fred said...

Suzi, Because of you I have again picked up my paint brushes a last month which I discarded after walking out of an art class years ago. My excitement that I had for art had been crushed. Keep on keeping on Suzi. You never know the encouragement you give to others - even a 70 year old man.

mercury said...

you're beautiful...

and so are those disco fever riga-mortis freak arms!

I pity the creatively impaired for they deny their greatest personal resource.

kelly said...

Hey, I just wanted to share a book that helped me and may help someone who doesn't really get the Zen of things. The book is Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. It's a quick read and may point someone in the right direction as far as not being so mindful of every little thing. Sometimes you just half to not think about things so hard and just do them.
happy Thursday Suzi
Oh I love you painting and the words you wrote. Give poopie a kiss for me. I hope he feels better.

Kate said...

Your post struck a cord with me. First I am sorry about Poo I lost Moonbeam my beloved cat last year and still miss him.

Second what is it about Art that everyone has an opinion and gives you unsolicited advice.
I had my journal at church and I was sketching a lady during the service and the women next to me tells me I should try drawing from photographs. She made a lot of assumptions right away. Like maybe I already tried that, maybe I didn't want to have my drawing look exactly like people and so on. The other encounter I had the same day was with a young boy who asked who is the person I drew and I said she was from my imagination and he was fine with that, then he wanted to name her and we had fun coming up with a name. Kids know Art when they see it an don't tell you how you can do it better.

Kate

katie said...

Honey, you don't know how much I needed to read this right now. Thank you!!

Babytreese said...

Suzi I am going to copy and paste this entry and send it to my daughter! I salute you my dear! You are every mother's dream of what a daughter should be, think and feel! I applaud you sweetie!! "wounded soul" what a perfect description. *kisses*

Kel said...

Hear! Hear! Suzi Blu, where did you get so wise, girl? My 'favourite' feedback I've had for my art is "it would be more 'artistic' if you...". Hilarious! And yes, we want to develop and grow and learn new skills, but our art is our art.

Kel said...

Oh and I meant to say 'feel better soon' to Pooh! Sick kitties make my heart ache.

Julie said...

Suzi Blu, you are my hero.

I have to stop thinking I'm not an artist until I get better.

I won't even call my art room a "studio" because I think studios are for real artists.

I am definitely creatively damaged. I blame the NUN in my high school who "taught" me art for four years. Picture your scariest art nightmare and it was her. Yelling at me for talking and trying to have fun while I painted a stupid vase next to a brick with a piece of cloth over it. BLEH.

You are my Anti-Art-Nun. Aren't you proud?


Wooooo!

~jolene said...

Suzi you reminded me of when Walt Disney was a young boy drawing a flower in school. He drew a face on a flower. The teacher scolded him and said 'flowers don't have faces!'..imagine if Walt had LISTENED to her! OMG!

Oh, and...A Trip To The Stars?!?! I've read that novel eleventymillion times!!!! I love it!

Keep being true to who you are!

Pippa said...

I love the flying girl - she look like she's coming to the rescue. xxx

Susan said...

Suzi Blu, Baby Milo sends love and kitty kisses to Pooh. BFF.
Just remember, some people can't put stick arms on their puppets because they can only find one of the sticks. I'll bet we can guess where the other one is. We love being the artists that we are. Keep venting, it's good for you.
Susan K.

michellesteeleart said...

I love your paper dolls stick arms. I was thinking of making some myself.

There is always going to be someone out there trying to tell you that you need to improve something no matter what you do, art or other things. What I like about you is you make art that you feel, not what everyone else wants you to feel. That is what is wrong with this world, people need to do what they enjoy, not what other people think they should enjoy.

Gosh, I hope that made sense.

Apple said...

Amen to that!!!!

red tin heart said...

i like you just the way you r.
and i love your art the way it is too.
maybe that lady should just go lick the bottom of a dirty boot. LoL
xoxo nita <3

LinLin said...

Suzi, I anticipate seeing or hearing anything new from you. When there is nothing new, I watch reruns, must have my Suzi and Pooh fix. While watching your puppet show and noticing the arms, I smiled and thought, "how clever" so Suzi Blu. Please never stop being original, being you. It obviously works! My thoughts are with you and Pooh. He is fortunate to have you and so are we.

Kristen said...

I hear ya sister! Well said.

GroggyFroggy Lisa said...

Absolutely right, girlie! And Craftster.org...oh yea! Leah rocks. I did an article on it once that you can read here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/21179/craftsterorg_this_diy_website_will.html

I've been meaning to tell you that you should make some videos for Associated Content because they pay upfront AND by page view. I'm still making money off old, old articles. You could probably make a killing.

Toni said...

Suzi ... I was just moseying thru your Wish List, wanting to 'give back'. I happen to have a copy of Lynne Perella's Beyond Paper Dolls, which altho' it's beautiful, is just not my thing. If you want to email me an address where I can send it to you, I'd be SOOOOO pleased to do just that, in reciprocation for the hours of video entertainment/instruction you've given me. antoniafufu@yahoo.com

anni said...

You Go Girl! Keep that passion aflame!
A big hug for you and poopie. :-D

Liz said...

Suzi, gosh you sure know how to put it. Just perfect! I had someone contace me when I had a painting on ebay of a girl with her penguin, who she taught to fly. This person asked me if I was aware that penguins cannot fly. BRUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I didn't waste my energy trying to explain that is a sort of JOKE and FUN and FANTASY, blahblahblah. Sigh.
Anyway, love you Suzi and love your work and your spirit!
Liz

Mariposa said...

Have you ever read the book about drawing on the right side of the brain? It's quite interesting and it talks about how many of us have been creatively damaged at an early age.

I find my daughter has been instrumental in just letting go and doing art for the sake of art.

Pattio said...

Suzi, I have just discovered you and your videos. You rock! I also feel like a damaged artist who is just rediscovering the joy of playing and not worrying about if the result is "good enough". Thank you for being you and inspiring all of us to be true to ourselves.

Love to you and Pooh
from Pattio,Cody and Keiko

a simple offering said...

I have stick arms....:(

Yay, Suziblu