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Finding Balance in My Life

One of my challenges continues to be finding balance in my life. Most folks who have started their own businesses know, that you pretty much have to work 60 hour weeks or more in the beginning. At the gallery, we not only represent our own art (mine and my husband Tim’s) we also took on 14 other artists in the first year — and are expanding to representing a total of 18 to 20 artists in the next two years. That’s alot of responsibility for me to promote and sell their art, and to help them in their careers.

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Artist Date 8: Color Hunt

For an artist date this week, take yourself on a color-hunt with your camera. At a time of year (In Montana, it’s late winter/almost spring) when we crave color, this is a fun exercise in seeing. Check out the list of ideas for a color hunt, whether you have a camera or not.

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Artist Date 7: Stretch It Out with Yoga

This week’s artist date idea is to do some yoga. Not just any yoga. Do YOUga. Stretch your body, heart, spirit to stimulate the deep creative well inside.

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Falling is Easy – Staying in Love takes Work

Naomi and Cristian, I salute you for coming this far. I salute you for going beyond what you thought you were capable of. I honor and respect you for sticking with each other, for being kind to each other, for apologizing, for making repairs, for building a new life together, and for always. always. always remembering the love that brought you together for life.

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Artist Date 6: Visit an Art Museum

  Here’s Artist Date Idea #6 I love having a world-class art museum in our small city. Without the Holter Museum of Art, there would be a huge hole in the community. Whenever I can, I make a point of visiting, or drop by for a few minutes on my way to work. It’s the […]

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Artist Date 5: Sound Painting

Make a Sound Painting. You don’t need paints or brushes or canvas to do this! Feel the sounds you make as if they were shapes and colors and smells and wind or breeze or snow or rain or sunlight. Wassily Kandinsky saw colors and forms when he listened to music. He had an unusual but pretty cool “hidden sense” called synesthesia. Make that happen inside you.

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Visual Poetry … Words Conjure More than Meaning

Poetry. Words. Visual Poetry. Body Language and Movement … Say “moon.” Feel your mouth curve. Breathe. Sometimes Breathing Feels Like Dancing. Sometimes Dancing Feels Like Breathing. These days, in gratitude, I Feel Like Dancing and Breathing. NamasteĀ“

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Artist Date 3: Archie Bray Art Walk

Artist date idea #3 … visit the Archie Bray Foundation and enjoy the artwork located all around the grounds. Explore the resident studios. Take your camera. If you don’t live in Helena Montana explore a local sculpture garden, coop artist studio facility or art school. Check back weekly for more ideas. Add your own, too!