In Need of a Project

When I was in school it was easy to get myself motivated to do work. I was getting a grade and paying for classes and had a portfolio to build. Now I have all these friends who do amazing work as these projects and they are in Instagram and Blogs and are putting together shows and I am sitting here wondering if I can do the same. Yes I could...Recently two of my friends did amazing projects one was a 100 day project where each day for 100 days she created something. Yes she totally rocked this. At day 77 (last night) she hadn't missed a day. Another friend went and did her first gallery show. It was Endangered animals with flowers. It was amazing. I was astounded. In the beginning of the year I did start a Photo a day project, but then I got frustrated that most of it was of my food.

So here is the Project and I decided on something easy. I know it is my first and I already have a second project for the next one is a bit harder. I decided the best way to complete the project was to do the alphabet. So today I start with "A" and the illustrations last the week. I am a busy girl and decided this way I know I won't give up on it if I decide I can't work on it. Now I needed something to go along with the letters. 

If you have ever been to my house or went to school with me you would know that I love to paint flowers. Not a specific kind but I have these ones I always do in any medium. I chose flowers and certain flowers pertaining to the letter. And a something different I decided that the pieces will be done on the computer, which I never did before.  

  • A-African Daisey
  • B-Balloon Flower
  • C-Camellia
  • D-Dahlia
  • E-Eared Coreopsis
  • F-False Rockcress
  • G-Garden Cosmos
  • H-Hardy Geranium
  • I-Iceland Poppy
  • J-Jackman Clementis
  • K-Kurume Azalea
  • L-Lanceleaf Tickseed
  • M-Mallow
  • N-Nasturtium
  • O-Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • P-Painted Daisey
  • Q-Queen of the Prairie
  • R-Red Fox
  • S-Saucer Magnolia
  • T-Thatch Palm
  • U-Urn Plant
  • V-Verbena
  • W-Watermelon Peperomia
  • X-Xerophyta Viscosa
  • Y-Yangtoa
  • Z_Zigadenus Elegans

Each week follow my Twitter and Facebook to see the progress and final projects.

 

 

Is Failure Even an Option?

"You will Fail"

Every book about running a business or working freelance has a paragraph about failing. Is it even an option? I know it is a inevitable part of the process. We try something, we fail, and we try something new until we succeed.

But those of us who shy away from opportunity based on fear of failure will never get the chance to try again. But here I am. Six weeks since I got let go from my job. In a matter of six months I went from two jobs to none. Again so here I sit.

This month I decided to make a game plan for what I wanted to with my life. I want to make art and BOLD Pittsburgh into a profit and finally make my life what I want it to be. So far I haven't failed. Every goal I have succeeded and surpassed what I thought would happen. I sit here with multiple notebooks filled with my notes and ideas to make it all work. 

Last night I finally said "Self-Employed" for the first time. Before I said "Unemployed" and "Laid-Off", which at that point someone would correct me.

Today that turned an ugly way. As I finished my eggs and coffee I thought "What if I Fail?" I have surrounded myself with people who say: "Try again". I know rejection letters will come and not every business in Pittsburgh will buy advertising, But what if a no money is made at all?

The Answer: Then you try something else. 

I guess I have to say this over and over until it sticks like "Self-Employed" rather then "Failure".