Every summer, I get the opportunity to travel to Portland, Oregon and teach young people about art. Well, not just about art, but how they relate to their making. What it means to them to be able to use their voice in such a powerful way. What it means to have the opportunity to change the world. Below is a short video taken from one of my short lectures this summer.
Now that I am able to make drawings with my sayings, I am freed up. I don't have to make it pertinent to a naked body, but more general, and maybe, more universal. I will most likely still do a naked selfie once in a while, when the mood strikes me, but right now I am very excited to be doing one a day.
So...about this drawing, this saying. It is about allowing life to surprise you, and having faith that it will. Sometimes wonderful things happen and you do not notice them until much later, when something else entirely draws your attention to it.
The girl in this drawing is someone who knows about amazing things. She is a magic maker and she allows amazing things to develop in their own time. This is about being calm and waiting for the right thing, or, just being comfortable with the stillness of life.
Either way, I am very excited to have a day to come up with a drawing...I will be using the sayings I have come up with in my body confidence selfie project for a while, unless another line pops into my head unannounced...which is very often what happens.
Every day, I will post the finished drawing on Instagram, so you can follow me there. Every drawing is for sale; $65 each, and I will also upload it to my print website, where you will be able to purchase them at any time. For the first week that they are available, I will run a flash sale for $12 per print. After that, they will be available on my website for $22 a print.
Super excited to be doing this daily thing!
I grew up with an iconic poster in my house. My mother had gone to the school of social work at Berkley in the 60s, and as such, had an original anti-war poster she had proudly carried aloft in many a protest during the Vietnam war.
It was a large, yellow poster with a big flower on the left, with words running down the right side: "War is not healthy for children and other living things."
In the tradition of that and many other folk art images that have influenced me throughout my life, I am making a series of body confidence posters and selling them in many places on line and in stores, but I am also making them available digitally, for only $5 each, to print up and use however people would like. Prints are $12 and are no bigger than 8" x 12". The digital images can be printed bigger or smaller, depending on the need, and I have created them to inspire self-love above all else, so that maybe the world will change and instead of protesting wars, we will be able to spend our time promoting peace.
Dare to Dream.
Incredible Investment Opportunity Discovered in Art Degree
Bellingham WA, October 6th, 2014: 45 year old Sara Young discovered yesterday, much to her surprise, that since its purchase in 2000, her degree in craft (art) has more than doubled in value, creating an opportunity for investors and art collectors alike.
In 2000, Ms. Young purchased her degree, and thus her education for $48000. In 2014, this same education and degree is selling for $107,200. In fourteen short years, the value of this piece of paper has more than doubled, and Ms. Young is offering an excellent opportunity for investment this week on Ebay.
“I spent a grueling four years of my life earning that degree,” Ms. Young offered, clutching her head and shaking it, “it would be nice to see someone else get some use out of that thing, its value increases every year the more the price of education skyrockets and the value of the dollar falls.”
Ms. Young believes that the cost of education will just keep going up until prospective artists will be priced out of the education market all together.
“Soon, people won’t be able to buy this type of education. It will be a thing of the past. Art education will be dead, and this piece of paper will be worth millions.”
Ms. Young is the sole proprietor of Your Badass Heart, (pleaseyourselffirst.com) and Spike of all Trades (spikeofalltrades.com). She is an artist, a writer, and an entertainer.
2807 Cottonwood Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
I guess I have. I have just completed a project, and I just started a project as well.
The project that I just completed involved waiting for inspiration to hit. I have never done that before. I waited and what has come to me is exciting. I have already posted about it here and here.
My process is now mostly about waiting, which I never used to be good at. I have to say, it is much more satisfying and rewarding when I do. The good news is that I am still curious and strive to express things that I am still not sure about. I think that is why I make things, to figure out all of the things I am still not sure about.
So there it is, a post mostly about nothing, creativity being such a slithery and evasive target.
I used to be an incredibly impatient person. I have finally seen the wisdom in the wait. It seems that my path is laid out before me and all I have to do is recognize it.
Pretty spectacular, really.
I have started to write a series of small "How to" books, but the themes are more essential on a human level than normal "How to's"
The format will be a set of five small scale children's books in a little box with sweet little illustrations.
I am also going to start throwing pots again in about a month.
I am also starting the preliminary research on opening a business in town.
Yes, this is my path.
Gratitude. It's what's for Ever.
Some amazing stuff has been happening lately. First off, my show has been quite transformative, and has served as something of an awakening. Simply put, it reminded me to not forget. I think you know what I mean when I say that.
Secondly, this last Saturday, I got a text from a friend telling me that there were some kilns for sale. There was some back and forth, but in short, I felt like it wasn't the right time. THEN, that VERY SAME afternoon, another friend told me about a potter's wheel for sale. This made me sit up and take notice, and understand that the universe is trying to provide me with something I have long wanted. The tools I need to express the ideas I have...to put myself out into the world as it were.
Well, one thing led to another, and before you know it, I decided to build myself an artist's studio out in back of my tiny house so that I can start making clay stuff again. This, coupled with the decision to get rid of my TV and furniture so that I can make art in my house, is incredibly exciting.
So, that's it. I am providing myself with the space and equipment to make the things I want to make. My heart is open and there is room to move.
It is nice to surprise people. I surprised a lot of people with my show. Including people who know me pretty well.
A lot of people said, "I never knew this side of you", after looking at the show and the work that I had made. It is funny because it is the biggest part of me. It is the best part of me.
It surprised me a little too. I have to be that person more than I have been.
So, the work is ready, and I am really excited about the show in general. The really wonderful thing about being an artist is that you get to explore topics and ideas that you thought you knew. The stuff I have learned about myself by working with this concept has been life-changing.
These are three of the eighteen pieces I made for the show.
3 Oms Yoga, July 5, 6 - 9 pm. The show will run through the end of August. Everything is pay what you can.
Hope to see you there.
Okay, so the moss growing thing has not gone as planned. Some moss is growing, other moss is not. Lucky for me, I work well under pressure. As someone said to me very recently, "failure is the key to my success".
By chance, I happened across a large volume of old topographic maps. This gave me an idea for a map show...my first idea was about internal terrain, using quotes about travel and internal searching, etc. I was doing some deep soul searching when I happened across an old children's book of Snow White.
This is where it gets interesting. The book is a BIG LITTLE book, full of small illustrations of different scenes from the story. I thought this tale would be a good metaphor for travel as Snow White goes on something of a journey, as does the evil queen in the story, though hers is more of an internal struggle for power. Then, as I was looking through some of my downloaded images, I found one of a small green Buddha with a quote: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."
This quote gave me the idea: an exploration of the Snow White fairy tale through the lens of Buddhism, or quotes attributed to the Buddha. This perspective will both comment and question the journey Snow White is on, the mind set of both the Queen and Snow White, and talk broadly about the nature of navigating the internal landscape.
I am hanging my show in a week and my opening is on the fifth of July. Great things are happening here.