How to Increase Productivity: Journal

When you start to feel life is too crazy to create, here is how to increase your productivity when dealing with so many daily distractions:

My three essential tips are daily journaling, establish accountability and go play to remove the fog.

“Snow Fog” by Sandra Mucha | 10″ x 10″ x 1.5” | 25.4cm x 25.4cm x 4cm | Acrylic on Canvas

Let’s start with journaling. I am often asked how I balance creating and being a mom. My answer is always, “Journal!” Journal in the am to clear your head.. Journal to place all your worries and fears on the page. Journal whatever comes to mind.

“I write at least three pages each morning.”

Then, create an idea or a to-do list. All that journaling clears the mind and creates a clear path for the ideas to flow out of your mind. I have learned years later it is the act of expressing that allows the logic to flow basically using your whole brain..

Need help with writing prompts? I highly recommend using Julia Cameron’s Artist Way Workbook, or for a deeper dive use her Artist Way book available at all major book sellers.

I also have enjoyed her book “The Artist Way of Parenting” it is full of similar ideas but with a twist that allows for parent and child to explore thier creativity together.

Follow me each day on Instagram at SandraMucha.Artwork to see how my creatity continues to unfold after years of am journaling.

On the easel: A work in progress featuring a street level view of San Francisco | 30″ x 24″ | Acrylic on canvas | by Sandra Mucha

Next post, I’ll share more on how I use accoutabilty, followed by tips for using play to increase productivity.

In the meantime, buy a journal, set it on your nightstand with your favorite pen or pencil and purge and organize your brain with daily journaling.

-Sandra

Available Artwork

How to Title Your Artwork

I am often asked how to title your artwork. I respond, “A title ideally is a bridge between the artist and the viewer. How did it make you feeling, or what memory drove you to create it? Sometimes it is as simple as labeling it with the main color, place, or its subject matter.” As a textile designer we labeled artwork prints based on themes such as U.S. states, boys, girls names and more.

Today, I enjoy adding titles based on my memories for my snowscapes. As for my cityscapes themes they are based on color subject and sometimes location. These below pieces are titled after memories of Groundhog Day, which seemed like a serious event growing up in western New York. I’m sure my parents were rooting for more winter sun, while my siblings and I cheered for six more weeks. Regardless, this charming holiday still holds a special place in my heart.

“Winter Sun” (Ellendale, Minnesotta) by Sandra Mucha | 10″ x 8″ / 25cm x 20cm | Acrylic

Also, creating new memories can help when trying to title your artwork. This Groundhog Day my son and I watched the live feed at 6:25am of the furry meteorologist on YouTube. It looks like we will see an early spring according to Punxsutawney Phil. Afterwards, my husband said, “Early spring or six more weeks really does not matter for Minnesota!” I’m glad we can relate to the same snow line of Northern America. Meanwhile, here in the south today it is foggy (next series) and our daffodils are blooming. It always seems reversed how the winter sun shinning means less winter.

“Six more weeks” (Ellendale. Minnesotta) by Sandra Mucha 8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25cm | Acrylic

Good luck brainstorming themes and titles for your artwork.

2019 Groundhog Day: LIVE FEED

-Sandra

Inspiring Stories of North Dallas: Meet Sandra Mucha

While it is an honor to be listed as one of the newest rising stars among other area artist and entrepreneurs in a recent interview with the VoyagerDallas Magazine, life goes on here as I balance family life and travel to different places on canvas in my Richardson,TX art studio.

Meet Sandra Mucha

On that note.. Time to continue working on my San Francisco series before taking our son to swim practice.

Thank you for all the support from my wonderful friends and family.

-Sandra

2019 Student Art Contest List

This week I will be a visiting artist at my son’s elementary school for their fine arts day.
At that time I will be sharing how artwork is not complete until it has a viewer. I will also discus how to pick a contest, and the joy of putting your art out into the community.
I will be providing tips for entering an art contest, based on learnings from my past art student’s winning five consecutive years.
I have a variety of pointers to help them be the most successful contestants they can be.
Also, see I have updated the Richardson Wildflower link for their 2019 student contest info.
Here are a few favorite Local, State, and National Art Contests: 2019 Art Contest List
Good luck!!

Sandra Mucha in the art studio

How to Winterize Your Camera.

Capturing outdoor winter inspiration can be tricky. I have learned to pack a hand warmer and a large self-sealing bag before heading out into brutal temps.
Years ago in Minnesota my camera stopped working. I was shooting in 10 degree temps for just a few minutes when my camera stopped working. The frigid temps were very hard on the battery reducing my shooting speed.

“Six more weeks”  (Ellendale,Minnesota) 8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25cm Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha
“Six more weeks” (Ellendale,Minnesota) 8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25cm Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha

Luckily my Nikon D90 SLR was fine. I managed to photographed a variety of scenes featured now in my playful snowscape paintings.

So, my three biggest tips to winterize your camera are as followed:

1. Be sure to pack a small hand warmer to wrap around the section of the camera that contains the battery. This will help, but I still try to limit my photo shoot based on what I can physically handle as well.

2. Avoid condensation occurring on the camera, and let it accumulate on the outer side of a self sealing bag instead. Place camera inside bag before returning indoors, but not after entering. Moisture will start to accumulate on the camera if place in the bag after entering a warm building.

3. Check your owner’s manual to see the recommended ideal temps for your camera. As a last resort, shoot scenes indoors if you lack the above winterizing gear.

I was lucky and now know how to protect my camera properly the next time.

Happy Holidays!!

-Sandra

www.sandramucha.com

Art Exploring Tip # 17: Winterize your Camera.