How to Use Attention and Intention to Generate Art Progress

A commitment to learn, explore and grow requires both attention and intention. This kind of pledge activates engagement and a zest for progress in one’s life.  In his book, “The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive” Brendon Burchard suggests we have a “greater sense of play when taking on new …

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This elk horn entitled Denim-n-Doodads was made by Mary Ellen Beads.

Learn Anything Today?

The sheer pace of change – from social media channels to apps and devices – forces learning opportunities on each of us. Trade your phone? Your new device is a built-in learning opportunity. Move? Find your new, convenient route to work, to the store, to resume life as usual. Change gyms? A different exercise class …

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Mary Ellen Merrigan happily shows her bead art in a demo at Amapola Gallery.

Sharing my Bead Art

“Be yourself, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” – Dr. Suess This weekend I share my love of bead art in two ways. On Saturday, I join members of Amapola Gallery in the kickoff celebration of the Gallery’s 35th anniversary. The Gallery is open 10am to 5pm.  I’ll be …

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Make Smart Art Dolls

Nationally-known doll artist Yoka Roos-Huddleston introduced me to art dolls at the 2015 Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta. Her class combined beads, fabrics, yarns, threads, fibers, and more. Yoka talks about her art dolls as inspiration. Hats off! Her presentation idea expanded into fun experiences for me and my connections. In preparation for my vacation, I …

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The Collaborheartists stand in front of Studio Spirit, a group creative project.

Group Creative Projects Demand Consensus or Not

Group Creative Project Shows Consensus Group creative projects require a commitment of a different sort. Strong-minded, creative individuals must be willing to put ideas on the table for discussion. Compromise is involved. Creative direction becomes a collaborative affair. An instant gratification world honors the present with little regard for history. So it’s no surprise this …

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