The Toddler’s Tale

The last four months have been a struggle.  It’s been hard to grow as a writer.  I could not get started on the Cowboy Tale this morning, but instead of getting up for a run or to eat or to do anything but sit here looking at a blank screen, I remained at my writing desk.  This is a first for me.  Usually I opt for a distraction based on wobbly reasons rather than keeping my feet and seat firmly planted.  Creating a finished piece of art is hard.  I’ve been reluctant to work so hard and thus my book, my podcast and my blog have fallen silent.  Still I just keep getting back up on the horse!

It’s All Shite!

Writing your first manuscript or completing a work of art challenges every fiber of our being. Our brain goes into hyper activity producing massive volumes of self doubt and creating distractions to save us from utter failure and embarrassment. It's the world of gray matter. And its all shite.

Introducing The Whiskey and Art Podcast

We hope to provide a fun and informative experience for people to discover or rediscover a personal connection to art. Art is produced by people like us, working hard to find a way to earn an income while keeping their passion for art alive. Artists face the same daily life issues. They have chosen to reveal their life, experiences, struggles, triumphs and joy through personal expression and share their art with us.

Three First Readers. Three It’s Shite.

For a moment my ego peeked its ugly head into the creative process. My ego had been cast aside, forgotten as I dove head first into my imagination, writing and rewriting and rewriting. Remarkably, and rewarding, from somewhere within the jumble of my thoughts the characters began developing as if they were actually stepping off the pages onto my keyboard and writing the story their own damn selves! Perhaps I should blame the characters for the horrendous critiques spat like acid on me by my first three readers? No? Well, it was just a thought. In fact, and true to my past 50 years, I am only distracting myself from the work needed to produce something worth doing. Seeking whatever reason to quit something that I enjoy doing but is now requiring even more time and effort.

Womanhouse, And it’s message to me

“Womanhouse was a 1971 art installation, performance piece, feminist collaboration and actual house-located at 553 Mariposa Avenue in Hollywood, California. The project was run by the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of Arts. A group of twenty-six women repaired the home before a planned demolition, using their carpentry skills to transform it into a space for women-made art, and a work of art in and of itself. "

The Linger Factor

And although I didn’t know at the time, I was lingering.  Have your eyes lingered on a photo remembering a special moment or person? Have you ever finished reading a book laying it on your chest, not wanting it to end?  Stood at an historical site and your imagination was on fire as you wondered how it must have felt to have lived during that time? Or what inspired the great words or great event or great battle?  People of courage and conviction created something that moved generations, and could still touch that solo visitor so many years after the event. You linger there, absorbing that connection into the very fiber of your being.  The moment stays with you long after you have left and appears as if magic throughout your life.

Frida Kahlo, The Eyes Have It

Why did I choose Frida Kahlo as my first artist to blog and feature on the podcast? I knew nothing about her. My daughter had loaned me the movie ‘Frida’ which I returned to her months later without watching. So when I spoke to her of my study of art and desire to learn more of what makes good art and the history of it, she stated that Frida would be a great first choice, and added quite smugly, that I would have known that if I HAD watched the movie! She was right.