Saturday, December 31, 2011

And the Winner Is........

And the winner of the I AM T-shirt is: Tom S.

In case you missed the post, he said, “I AM… single and available,”

Thanks to all who participated.

I'll show images from tonight’s First Night show after I recuperate. :)


Friday, December 30, 2011

Nothing Changes Until You Do

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Image from Internet

“Nothing changes until you do.”
  -SOURCE UNKNOWN                                                 

Okay, so as the year draws to a close I’ve been reviewing tips that I have gathered in blogs, books, and on the Internet. From these disparate sources I have compiled a list in a handy-dandy, easily readable fashion in hopes of staying on top of my career this year.

They are not earth shattering revelations, but they are distilled down to the essence, which makes the list handy-dandy, and maybe more doable, too.

I thought I’d end the year off by paying it forward to you in hopes my list might help you as well.

Please feel free to pass on your tips too. Any tips to help me be a more organized and productive artist are always welcome!

• Identify what you want. You won’t know what to shoot at if you don’t have a target.

• Be purposeful about where you put your attention. Only positive thoughts allowed. Positive thoughts bring positive results.

• Stay focused. Keep distractions at bay.

• Be ruthlessly protective of your studio time. Learn to say “no” more often.

• Keep failing. It builds character and helps you grow.

• Be happier. Laugh every day.

• Be better. Learn more.

• No excuses. Period.

Off to work I go.  I hope you have a creative and productive day!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I AM ... near the red sculpture in St Pete

I AM ... near the red sculpture in South Straub Park, St Pete, FL.

The show is Saturday, December 31st, 5 to midnight.

I really hope to see you there.  Come by to say hi and get your t-shirt!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I AM… Becoming Wiser Each and Every Day

Cynthia from Moon Maid Botanicals speaks her mind.

I AM.....becoming wiser each and every day.

Thanks Cynthia, for sharing your thoughts with all of us!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

What Would You Say?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall….

Next week I am participating in the PODS show for First Night StPete, FL.

My interactive installation incorporates the background wall of mirrors from this version of Mirror, Mirror.

Mirror, Mirror©, Kim Radatz 2008

In addition to the wall of mirrors, the installation will include other full length mirrors distorted ala a carnival show.

The concept behind this work is one of questioning perceptions and reality.
How do we see ourselves?
How do people see us?
And how do their views affect ours?

But I think the most exciting part are the t-shirts I’ll be handing out to people.

Their part in the installation is to fill in the blank.  Hopefully they'll wear the shirt for the duration of the event too.

We’ll be walking billboards with our thoughts literally written across our chests.

I wonder what people will say?

It will be interesting to see.

And, if given an opportunity, what would you say?

what would you say?
All blog participants' names will go in a hat for a free t-shirt drawing the morning of New Years Eve.

Good luck.  I hope you win.

Then you can tell the world too. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Who're You Calling Weird?

Have you seen this Scientific American article floating around on Facebook?

The Unleashed Mind: Why Creative People Are Eccentric 
"Highly creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us. Now researchers know why."

It's quite interesting, check it out.

Here's a Cliff Notes excerpt:

Too Much Information
We are all equipped with mental filters that hide most of the processing that goes on in our brains behind the scenes…and thanks to these filters, most information never reaches our conscious awareness.

Creative people, however, seem to have reduced functioning in the filters. Therefore, much more information reaches their consciousness and “is associated with offbeat thoughts."

If I am able to be more consciously aware due to reduced functioning of a pesky filter, then A-O-K.

Bring it on, I am completely happy being weird!

May you too have a weird and wonderful day!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Show and Tell Sunday-What About You? What are You Working On?

Work in progress, She’s Come Undone©, Kim Radatz, 2011

During the Florida Craftsmen show this past summer I sold quite a few pieces. Yay! In this economy I'm not going to take that bit of fortune for granted. Truth be known, I never take sales for granted. I am always so pleased to hear positive words about my work that I’m tempted to give my work to that very nice person.

Thankfully, I don’t handle my sales!

Anyway, I got a commission for one of the sold pieces, She’s Come Undone. I don’t make duplicates, but similar pieces. I don’t think it’d be possible for me to duplicate something. But like my twin sister and I, the work looks similar yet different.

Here are the 2 pieces I’m working on. The buyer will take her pick once they are finished and the remaining one is slated for a show at The Pump House in La Crosse, Wisconsin this September. I’m pleased to be getting a jump start on that show, should have all of the work done by April. It’ll help eliminate some last minute stress, which there always is, no matter what.

So, that's what's new with me.

What about you? What are you working on?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Counting Down to 2012

Image from the Internet

2 weeks from today 2011 will come to an end.

It is a bittersweet time of year.

Sorry to say good bye, and be another year older, but hopeful for the future.

To stop myself from getting caught up in “I should’s,” with a long list of resolutions, and more pressure, for the coming year I have found that reviewing what I have achieved in the past year helps me move forward into the new year in a more positive and productive way.

It sort of seems silly, possibly arrogant, to make a list of achievements. However, if done with a tender heart and no ego involved, it becomes an objective way to see how 2011 played out. It enables me to see that I did accomplish many things. Maybe not all that I had hoped for.  But that’s what the New Year is for, right?

Maybe you do the same? Maybe it is a new concept for you?

Either way, if you do it, let us know how it goes, okay?

May your list be long!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I am too exhausted to write.


But while I catch my breath and rest my feet I've got a few images to share with you of the C. Emerson Fine Arts booth.

Thank you, Lori, for bringing my work.  I am honored.

C. Emerson Fine Arts
Kim Anderson, Lee Basford, Clayton Chandler,
Dirk Dzimirsky, Rocky Grimes, Kyle Hughes-Odgers,
Justin Nelson, Danile Mrgan, Kim Radatz

C. Emerson Fine Arts
Kim Anderson, Lee Basford, Clayton Chandler,
Dirk Dzimirsky, Rocky Grimes, Kyle Hughes-Odgers,
Justin Nelson, Danile Mrgan, Kim Radatz

C. Emerson Fine Arts
Kim Radatz

No, as in no more for now.

Until the next time, may you be filled with creativity!