Monday, January 24, 2011

January Gathering

Julie, Anita, and I gathered at Vivian's house last Wednesday. We talked about 1 chapter of the book (Secret 5, "Committing to Self-Focus") we are reading together. The book is called "12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women" by Gail McMeekin.

Secret 5 talks about the critical skill of Self-focus which is necessary for creative women to be able to indulge in our inspirations and devote the time necessary for innovation. The topics covered in the chapter were:

•Confronting Fears of Selfishness
•Putting Yourself on Top of the Priority List
•Honoring Your Holistic Style
•Setting Boundaries
•Creating Solitude
•Supporting Self-focus in Other Women

We had a good discussion about the chapter and a nice salad lunch.Vivian showed us all how to make "fabric paper", a combination of fabrics and papers bonded together with a diluted mixture of white glue. The embellished fabric paper can be painted, sewn, woven etc. into books, mixed media works, spirit figures etc. It was fun to experiment with a new technique and to spend time together.

We will meet again the 3rd Wednesday in February to visit Gallery Central in Fresno, have lunch together at a restaurant, and discuss Secret 6 (Conquering Saboteurs) from the book.

Anita isn't in the photos because she took them. 
Thank you, Anita!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A New Year, a New Book, New Goals, and New Accomplishments! And maybe the year we get all our ducks in a row! :)

We meet to discuss the book on Wednesday and I have been reading it carefully but taking notes much LESS carefully. I know that I've gotten a lot from what I read but I can't remember many details. We plan to meet and instead of starting at the beginning, we will start with the second part of the book, around page 73. One of us will photograph the cover so you can find it easily at the book store or on Amazon if you are interested in reading it along with us. It would make a great book for any group of artists to use as a book study. I'll tell you more in the next couple of days and certainly after we meet on Wednesday.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

From the Daily Om to 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

Every day I receive wonderful input from my email connections, the one I enjoyed today was from the Daily Om: When we can allow ourselves to receive as well as give, we do our part to keep the channels of abundance open.

Our Sisters Seven have been introduced by Julie Mitchell to a book called the "12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women," by Gail Mc Meekin.. I ordered it from Amazon, and it sat during the holiday season.. This month the gals are meeting and want to review sections of it and discuss what we have read.

I decided to read it during one of my New Years Resolutions, spending time on the Treadmill.. Now, I am hooked, Reading over the list of ladies that share on these pages, I am surprised that the book is not larger, only 200 plus. Many of the ladies names I recognize, many I don't.

I am looking forward to reading what they have to say, and what my "sisters" interpret from what we are reading.. This is very different from Alyson Stanfield Book, "I'd Rather be in the Studio". That was an organizational book, and sort of an on going bible of awarness.. And we are getting ourselves organized. That was a wonderful book, and it brought our little band of artists together.

We will let you know how this book affects each of us in the weeks to come.
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