Thursday, June 26, 2014

The ABC's of Life- A, B, C, D

I am not planning and that is definitely causing some challenges. Obviously, I must like challenges.

It is fun! It should be interesting to see how the second book evolves. From experience, I know that practice usually creates improvement, but it doesn't always create enjoyment.

The young man (early twenties) in my sculpture class dropped out. It was his first art class and he seemed to enjoy it. We only heard positive comments from him during class. Jon, the instructor, spent more time with him than anyone in class and yet the young man didn't feel it was enough. I have seen this happen when I teach. Some adults seem to think that they should be able to have perfection right out of the box. That learning something new shouldn't involve being uncomfortable and failure is out of the question. I try to embrace putting stretch marks on my comfort zone. I have learned that even when I fail, I can always make something new. It is liberating. It is even better when the recipient of your efforts is kind and appreciates your efforts even when they fall short.

What have you done lately to put stretch marks on your comfort zone?


  1. My kids are pretty good and stretching my comfort zone. I am working on a quilt that is for an exchange with a friend and it's stretching and intimidating me. This post is very timely for me. Just now I thought. Really, the worst thing that can happen is that I fail. I just need to do it. SO thanks!

  2. You are more than welcome! Would love to see your quilt. Hugs.

  3. Still working on completing the Junk Mail Artist Book with Carla Sonheim. It's getting more challenging with each page!

    1. I think this sounds like fun and I have loved watching it evolve! Hugs.

  4. Oh, Karen, yes! I recognise that feeling that a student gives when they want the 'perfection' that it has taken you years to achieve - and you know that you are still learning.... It's their loss, isn't it. Sadly I think that magazines like Quilting Arts etc have given everyone too much of the 'quick fix'. So sad :(


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