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Expand Your Art: Expand Your Mind

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

Just a quick post today. I haven’t made much of anything for the last month, but that is because I have been exploring another passion of mine, acting! I don’t plan to be in some big movie or be famous, but I love community theater. I truly do lose myself in the story line and the characters.  I try to take time out from whatever I’m doing at least once per year and volunteer my time and my talents to a local community theater production.

I talk about this to you today for 2 reasons:

1. For those of you who are local, I would like to bring your attention to this local production at The JACC and to get you to come see the show and support your local arts.

2. For those of you artists out there, who read my blog, as your creative inspiration tip today, I would like to use this opportunity to remind you that art comes in a wide variety of forms. If you are feeling stuck in your art and you are a painter, try something out of your comfort zone like sculpture, or if you are into anime step outside of your zone and give abstract painting a try. You really never know what kind of inspiration you will find! I have found some wonderful inspiration from this play!

And finally, I would also like to tell you, my dear readers, how much I appreciate you, and I would like to invite you to check out http://thingscrafty.com which is another blog I have had the privilege and opportunity to write for. There are a lot of great bloggers working for this site and you will find a plethora of arts and crafts information here.   I post there every other Friday. I look forward to hearing from all of you soon.

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2 Legit 2 Quit!…Almost

Okay, okay, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post, and you were wondering if I’d just quit, but no! I’ve been working on turning my hobby/therapy into a legit business. I’ve been taking this course called Dream Your Success http://dreamyoursuccess.com/ and I’ve been learning both the business aspect and the online aspect of starting my own business. It’s been extremely helpful, and because of this you are now visiting http://jossetteholland.com/. I’ve also added a handy way for you to subscribe to my site by email. (Facebook will be coming soon)

I’ve got a lot of updating to do, so this will be a long one, but informative and celebratory nonetheless. Let’s start with a celebration! I won a little challenge with one of my latest sculpted mixed media projects on http://craftylink.com/ It’s titled “Octopus’ Garden” and I’ve decided to name him Ringo.

Ringo is hangin' out with his treasures on a hot summer night. Everything  with the exception of a few metal items was sculpted with polymer clay and attached to an 11 x 14 canvas board.

Ringo is hangin’ out with his treasures on a hot summer night. Everything with the exception of a few metal items was sculpted with polymer clay and attached to an 11 x 14 canvas board.

If you would like to see detail photos of Ringo go check out my other blog. http://polymerclayproductions.com/ That’s right I’ve become a designer blogger for Polymer Clay Productions and will be blogging every other Friday for them. There may even be some that pop up in between, so check their site on Fridays.

I am now going to make a commitment to you, valued reader that I will post a new blog every Wednesday. I’ll be updating you on my projects, business progression, and hopefully providing you with some creative inspiration.

And last, but certainly not least, if you have read previous blogs of mine, you will know that my poor mother didn’t get anything from me for Mother’s Day. Well, I’m sorry to say her birthday rolled around and I still didn’t have the “big gift” finished for her then either, but she came unexpectedly to visit me on the 4th of July and we collaborated and she now has both her big gift and her pigs-in-a-blanket earrings! Here are some pics of her piece. I hope you enjoy them and I’ll be back next Wednesday with another update!

This was a collaborative piece with my mother. (She told me what she wanted and I did it)

This was a collaborative piece with my mother. (She told me what she wanted and I did it)

The words were all sculpted from polymer clay. My Mom requested the lyrics from Amazing Grace which is scattered throughout.

The words were all sculpted from polymer clay. My Mom requested the lyrics from Amazing Grace which is scattered throughout.

I also added keys near some of the words as a symbol that those actions bring about healing.

I also added keys near some of the words as a symbol that those actions bring about healing.

I used a fabric lily and added some pink pearls and chain, which attaches to the pocket watch in the middle of the piece.

I used a fabric lily and added some pink pearls and chain, which attaches to the pocket watch in the middle of the piece.