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Posted August 31st, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

7 Common Myths About Artists

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

7 Common Myths About Artists

I can’t believe I have reached this milestone:  this is my 200th blog post!!  To celebrate, I’m going to bust some myths about artists.  Why, you may ask?  Well, I’ll tell you….

I have many conversations with students who want desperately to BE an artist, but for whatever reason, don’t consider themselves artist material.  Here are some of the things they typically say:

  • I can’t draw
  • I can’t envision the piece from start to finish before I make it
  • I’m not patient enough
  • I don’t have the time
  • I’m not creative
  • My work isn’t in a gallery so I’n not really an artist
  • Real artists finish everything they start

And I’m sure there are many more, but 7 is enough for now.

So let’s get out the myth busting hammer and get started!

There are sooooo many ways to make something that you don’t have to draw.  Some of my best pieces are tracings of photos that were good compositions, and then altered to improve them.  What if you like to work intuitively and improvisationaly?  That way of working does not start with a drawing, right?

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GRACEFUL LADIES pictured above began as a tracing of a photo I took.

As to envisioning something completely before you begin…..what??  I almost never have it all worked out from the beginning.  Part of being an artist is seeing an idea in your head, and then being able to work with the materials, but staying flexible in the process.

Patience.  Ahhhh, I wish I had some.

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No really, what I really have is an acute desire to make something of value and beauty.  If you are loving the process of working on a piece, you are making art, you are an artist, and you don’t need patience.

I don’t have the time:  see last week’s post.  I called B.S. on this one last week.

And guess what?  If you tell yourself you are not creative, you will be right! What if you left that label at the door, and just made what you wanted to make? What if you just didn’t care what anyone else thinks? I think before long, you would be making all kinds of things and you would consider yourself- you guessed it- creative.

I’m not in a gallery so I’m not a REAL artist.  Well, first of all, there are way many more artists than galleries that can represent them.  And with many online ways to sell art work, you can actually bypass the gallery system.  Or you can do high end art/craft shows, and sell your work in person.

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Anyone of these ways takes real work, time and dedication to build your clientle.  Sorry, no short cuts here.  But to say your are not an artist because you don’t have a gallery, is not only wrong, it’s looking for outside validation to PROVE to yourself that you’re a real artist.

And seriously, can we just laugh at the last one?  How many of you are beating yourself up because you haven’t finished something/s? Maybe it just wasn’t enough of an idea once you got going on it.  Maybe you can give yourself  permission to finish the ones you want to, and not finish the ones you don’t. And why would that mean you are not an artist?  Maybe it just means you got stuck, and frustrated and could use some coaching…..jes sayin!

OK, so I think we’ve established that none of these things mean anything about you if you want to be an artist.  If you want to be an artist, it’s really simple.

Get in the studio and make art.

Everything else is just an excuse or an unhelpful label.  I would love to hear your myths about being an artist- comment in the comments section!

 

 


 

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IN OTHER NEWS:

The new video tutorial for the Needle Felted Flower pattern is finally up!  If you are already a subscriber and don’t want to subscribe again just to get the video and project–just let me know, and I will send you the  YOUTUBE link and pattern. This is an exclusive gift for subscribers only, so I want to make sure if you want it, you can still get it.

 


Blame it on Rio….

The Rio quilt is already on it’s way to Curitba, Brazil!  It will be in a SAQA show, and I’m really proud to be represented there.

Here’s how I made this quilt:

Making the Rio quilt

Rio

 


 

New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has been accepted to teach in Houston.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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Free motion quilting on Crepe Myrtles 1: Summer
Posted August 25th, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

How to Find Time to Work in Your Studio


Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

How to Find Time to Work in Your Studio.  Time challenging you?  Can’t seem to find the time to get in your studio to make new stuff or finish up UFO’s?  Then read on for my best tips for a healthy studio practice…

Tip #1  Start with a good cleaning.  Take 20 mins. and clean up some piles of fabric.  Put away books and  magazines.  You’ll be amazed at what you find, and what you find may inspire you to get going again.

Tip #2  Hate cleaning?  OK, I get that.  Here’s another:  Find one, just one afternoon in your week that you have open.  Do it now.  Block it out and write in “STUDIO TIME”.  If you don’t have a whole afternoon/morning, find 1 hour.  If you don’t have 1 hour to yourself all week, you have bigger problems.

Tip #3  Set your watch/clock/timer for the time you will be in your studio.  Turn off your phone, and all digital devices that may distract you.  Don’t answer the door.  Treat this time as your sacred ME time.

Tip #4  Do this every week, set your studio/me time at the start of every week.  Do not cancel it, reschedule for a different time if you have to.

Tip #5  When life’s little emergencies (and big) pop up, ask yourself if it can wait.  If it can’t, then handle it and as soon as you can, get back to your regular practice with yourself.

Many of my Private Coaching students have done this practice, and are amazed at what a difference it makes in their art making.  Also this practice says to yourself, “I am at least as important as anyone else in my life”, because you are doing one of the things that makes you happy.  Women tend to put themselves last in all kinds of ways.  But you have a gift- you love to make things.  Don’t take that gift for granted, and give yourself permission to explore and create.

I hope that helps you get back in the studio.  And now, it’s time for me to get back in the studio, so that’s it for now!

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IN OTHER NEWS:

The new video tutorial for the Needle Felted Flower pattern is finally up!  If you are already a subscriber and don’t want to subscribe again just to get the video and project–just let me know, and I will send you the  YOUTUBE link and pattern. This is an exclusive gift for subscribers only, so I want to make sure if you want it, you can still get it.

 


Blame it on Rio….

The Rio quilt is already on it’s way to Curitba, Brazil!  It will be in a SAQA show, and I’m really proud to be represented there.

Here’s how I made this quilt:

Making the Rio quilt

Rio

 


 

New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has been accepted to teach in Houston.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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River Eddies
Posted August 18th, 2015 by Roxane Lessa

5 Ways to Stop Making Boring Quilts


Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

5 Ways to Stop Making Boring Quilts.  If you are totally satisfied with your quilts then there is no need to read this post.  If, however, you are vaguely dissatisfied with the design, colors, or any aspect of your quilt, then read on!  Disclaimer:  this is only what I have noticed in my years of teaching. Please do not take offense at any of this or lose your sense of humor about any of this- it’s all meant to be helpful.  If you disagree, please use the comment section to state your views.  I would love to hear your point of view too :)

So here goes…

1. Make sure there is some kind of main idea you are emphasizing.  I know sounds so obvious, right?  But so often, we have too many ideas in a single quilt, and the viewer gets overwhelmed or confused, and eventually bored.  This piece is clearly about the plant, and the variety and movement of the leaves within it.

Fossil Points by JoyStrings

Fossil Points by JoyStrings

 

2.  Include enough variety.  Again, obviously!  And yet, you’d be surprised at how many quilts I have seen that lack variety in shape, line, color.  While repetition is often the hallmark of a unified quilt, too much repetition or sameness creates- you got it, boredom.  Just look at the variety of color, value, sizes and shapes in this beauty.

'Lichens on Limestone II' by Liz Brooke Ward

‘Lichens on Limestone II’ by Liz Brooke Ward

 

 

3. Do use more than the middle range of values. Value contrast is your hidden friend.  I say hidden because it’s not always obvious unless you know how to look for it.  Use at least 3-5 values in every quilt.  Otherwise, the shapes and important elements in your quilt will not emerge from the pea soup that is your quilt!  This is often the culprit when your quilt lacks sparkle or depth.  Check out the exciting range of values in this one:

by Maximo Laura

by Maximo Laura

 

4.  Color.  Use colors that have some variety of intensity.  Using all bright colors or all muddy colors is not as exciting as mixing it up a bit.  Try pairing your favorite neutrals or greyed down colors with your brights and watch those brights pop.  Look at the dull colors next to the more vibrant colors- doesn’t that make them look even more lustrous?

Manhattan Sunset by Bärbel Lehrke

Manhattan Sunset by Bärbel Lehrke

 

5.  Movement. Get your viewers eyes moving around the piece.  Imagine how much more exciting your art will be when you can have elements that force the eyes to move around to catch areas of interest.  An area of tiny yellow flowers scattered here and there will move the eyes around more than a static row of  flowers.

Diane Melms, USA, Jubilo

Diane Melms, USA, Jubilo

 

Understanding how to use these ideas and many more can really take your art quilts from meh to mah-ve-lous!

For more information on these ideas, a great book to read is Elizabeth Barton’s Inspired to Design.

Also, I have an online class called Dancing with Design that gives you practice on all these topics.  You can read about it here, https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/7940/about and do one of the modules for FREE.  I will let you know when the next full course opens up this Fall.

 

 

 


Blame it on Rio….

The Rio quilt is already on it’s way to Curitba, Brazil!  It will be in a SAQA show, and I’m really proud to be represented there.

Here’s how I made this quilt:

Making the Rio quilt

Rio

 


IN OTHER NEWS:

I’ve been working quietly on a new FREE gift for you, my subscribers.  It’s still top secret, but it involves a new how -to video, PLUS a free pattern and supply list.  Keep on eye on the upper right hand corner of the blog side bar, because it will be there soon!  Current subscribers will also be getting the Free Gift as a thank you for being here.  You will not need to resubscribe–I’ll send it to you in a private email.  That’s all for now!  No more hints.  My lips are sealed.


 

New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has been accepted to teach in Houston.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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