Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Necessity is the mother of invention for this full time artist and art instructor.

When I could not find specific types of handouts needed to teach my art students, I wrote and created worksheets that have become great tools for myself and other art teachers across the nation.

These documents are inspired by my many years of gradutate work in art education, classwork and my recent Monday’s with Ms Mucha art lessons.

As we begin a new year, my hope for you is to be exposed to many situations that lead to a variety of unexpected ideas.

Wishing you a year full of inspiring events that spark your creativity.

-Sandra

“The Dog Days of Summer”

The Dog Days of Summer are here, and it is also the theme for this month’s Plano Art Wine Walk (click for event info).

Come check out my playful perspectives, and other local artist’s works at this July 11th event from 5:15pm-9pm.

I will be featuring my cooling windy rooftop perspectives, and of course my pet portraits during this canine friendly event.

Sandra Mucha Artwork, rooftop painting
“Water Tower on Rooftop” | Acrylic | 6 x 6 x 1.5 in | by Sandra Mucha”

The night’s stroll kicks off in the Event 1013 venue at 1013 15th street, Downtown Plano where event attendees may viee art and collect thier wine glass for the evening.

This exhibit is organized by the Plano Art Associations .

See you there! 🎨🍷🐾

Pet Portraits by Sandra Mucha Artwork
Rocky enjoying my air conditioned studio while finishing “Pumkin” | 8″x8″ | Acrylic | by Sandra Mucha

Request a portrait at http://sandramucha.com/request-a-portrait/

How to Increase Productivity: Accountability

How to increase productivity? Try using accountability. We all need a gym buddy or friend to push us at some point in our lives. Try setting goals for your art to keep you on track too. Enter an art contest, exhibits, submit to art galleries, take a workshop, join an art association, or an online group to relate with other artist. You will forget how all this persistence takes courage, because your small actions have turned into habits.

Don’t worry if you art is not accepted. Rejection helps you as an artist too. Your role as an artist is not to be accepted to everything. There will be resistence, and there are many different venues or places to sore. One of my favorite quotes that motivated me at university and still to this day is,

“A kite rises against the wind, not with it.” -Winston Churchill

Towers in winter

Towers in Winter by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic | 24 x 18 x 1.5

So, your role is to create. To worry about “the verb” of making art verses “the noun” Your role is to keep making better work, and to speak your truth and share it. Not everyone is going to love or even like it. As I tell myself in the gym or on a long bike ride, “it is me against me.” Do not worry about the other guy!

One trick I like for motivation when creating is to set a timer for 25 mins. This will boost your adrenaline and sense of urgency. That usually turns into an hour or more for me, and eventually no use of a timer once in my creative flow.

So, during that time keep playing, creating, sculpting, painting, acting, writing or whatever is your creative outlet. Be sure to then log your time spent creating. This helps with planning projects in the future too. You never know when you might be ask to create a commissioned piece.

Remember, your art is not complete till your audience views it. So, keep exploring your craft. Before you know it you will be ready to take flight again ..and again.

“Lark in Flight” by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic| 9″x12″x1.5″

Feeling creatively blocked?. See my previous two posts as part of this three part series: play and journaling to increase our flow of ideas and productivity.

-Happy Creating!

Sandra

www.sandramucha.com

How to Increase Productivity: Play

How to Increase productivity?.. Play! Here is part two of my three part installment on how to increase production in your art studio.

Are you not feeling as creative these days?. Try increasing productivity with play. Play in a different medium, play with an unlikely subject. Play basically means try something new that allows for fresh eyes and experiences. Stuart Brown, MD defines play as a time spent without purpose.

Try a new supply or a new process. Sometimes striving for one technique may lead to another.

Stuart Brown defines play as a time spent without purpose.

Still nothing?.. My biggest tip then is watch a child create. If you forget what it takes to be an artist, listen to your own intuition, or play. Watch a child work with art supplies. There you will start to see the process of flow, let the ideas feed each other, and they naturally keep the purpose limited and freedom to express even higher.

“Taking an annual break from my art studio to help at our son’s field day.”

Years ago before I had my son, I was a visiting artist at Children’s Hospital of Dallas for my studio breaks back then. This always recharged me as an artist and it was a great reminder to see the children in thier innate creative flow and make thier original creations. Back then it was the quote ” Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” by Pablo Picasso that lead me to what if I create with kids? Years later it is still a great reminder for me whether I am teaching or making my own art.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso.

“Playful painting on rocks and tin cans with acrylic paints.”

This week it felt amazing to volunteer again at my son’s annual field day, grab son dim sum with friends, and catch a few local art openings before heading back to my studio to continue my cityscapes and pet portraits in progress.

On the Easel: An 8″ x 8″ pet portrait in progress by Sandra Mucha.

I hope you find some play time to help increase your productivity.