Penguin on the Television Set

Okay, sorry to frustrate fellow Monty Python fans thinking I am writing about that classic bit.

No, I’m writing about Kate, whose new blog I found today. I also linked to her on my sidebar here, so be sure to visit her often when you’re done here!

First off, she’s a friend of Vikki, so she has to be a neat human being. She also is a terrific artist whose illustrations and product designs have me grinning from ear to ear.

She writes about wanting to just do art she loves, and not bad art for money. Back in high school, I wanted to go into commercial art. I was scared, though, thinking I couldn’t cut the mustard. I passed it off by saying that I just didn’t want to have to churn out art for a job, that I wanted to just enjoy it.

But you know what? Do I do much art at all now? No. And I can’t blame it all on my discovery of the Internet, though that had a good bit to do with my ceasing to play guitar, write music, and do artwork.

Like my high school excuse, I rationalize and say that my interests have just changed, that’s all. But is that really it?

*Sigh* I think now that I would have perhaps stuck with it had I gone to school for art. I took the easy way, became complacent, and now am frustrated that I am not doing more with my hands…But I’m not very self-disciplined and the days just fly by with my wishing, but not doing.

That said, Kate, even your “bad” art brings joy. Don’t knock it too hard!

It might not be what you envision, but it’s something and it is a cushion while you do what you do love. Don’t lose heart!

2 thoughts on “Penguin on the Television Set

  1. Well isn’t this a lovely surprise? A whole blog post about little me, by someone who hasn’t met me yet and has nothing but nice things to say. I’m sorry I couldn’t respond sooner, we had power outages all day yesterday due to high winds. Thank you very much for your kind words and insightful posts on my site. You are indeed very sweet and I am happy to meet you. Yes Vikki is a dear, she has been holding my hand though the blog building process. It seems I’ve stumbled upon a very supportive and friendly subculture.

    Thank you for linking me up here too, so very kind of you. For the record the art that you see on my site is for the most part the art that I want to do, but is not the art I do during my day job. The day job is at a home decor company, while the illustration I want to do is for children’s books. I guess a short history will be in order.

    You know, it’s never too late to start art. And one of the best things you can do is forget all the “requirements” there are in your mind to be an artist. If you’re at all curious, try one of these:
    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
    How Much Joy Can You Stand? by Suzanne Falter-Barns
    12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor

    They’re fun books with that new book smell and lots of creative exercises and can help you shut off those critical voices that keep you from making art. They’re helping me!

    Visited the link to the Penguin on the Television Set. British humor, you gotta love it! And anything with a penguin in it makes me smile ear to ear.

    Thank you again, and nice to meet you!

    Hugs and fishes,

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