Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 6:30 AM

This animated video by Matthew Winkler is a wonderful tutorial on the Hero's Journey. A journey we all take, no matter how small or large our goals. Many writers use these steps when creating their story line. I also feel that the stages of the Hero's Journey is also a creative process, with highs and lows along the way, and ending with transformation.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 1:09 PM
I want to share with you a blog post on color palettes of master artists.

Art Varsity is the website, and they have taken 35 famous paintings and listed the dominant colors used by the artists. This is a cool idea and a great way to find out what color combinations inspire you.

My favorite palettes were two paintings by Henri Matisse. What are yours?

35 Inspiring Color Palettes link



Monday, May 11, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 8:39 AM
Journal Page from Rituals Of Creativity™ Online Class

I find that to move forward in life we must look at our stuff! This means knowing our internal fears and writing them down. Acknowledging our fears and then moving past them. This is a lifetime pursuit - our fears never go away. But we can learn to view them with an acute eye. One of my fears is failure - as universal as you can get! When I get a negative review for one of my books, I feel like someone stabbed me in the heart! I feel like a failure. My whole being failed, not just the book!

What I do is then talk to myself - the reality of the situation is that not everyone will love 'me'. Or my writing or books. There are millions of people out there, all with an opinion. So do I stop writing for fear of failing this one person? No! If the review has constructive criticism, I will think about what the person wrote and see if this will help in improving my next book. If the review is just someone ranting without telling me why they ranted or because this was a book that didn't grab them, then I ignore it and move on. The painful feelings pass and my passion gets reignited and I'm ready to take on the world again.

I learned not to let my fears stop me from pursuing my passions. Yeah, sure, sometimes my passions have a HUGE learning curve, meaning I will have lots of mistakes and failures, but I've learned to enjoy the journey and embrace my mistakes. 

So I challenge you to Just Look At Your Stuff!



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 6:37 AM
Painters need paint and brushes. When we teach workshops people always ask about brushes and which ones to use. For workshops I usually get a pack of cheap brushes that work well but sometimes they fall short. These brushes are by Artowl and you can get them on Amazon. They have brushes for all meduims. Several sizes and the whole set was around 36$ I have paid that much for one brush. If you are in need of a great set ...give them a try.  They work for all creative projects!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Posted by Vicki Roberta On 4:37 PM

I took this photograph when visiting the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens. Desert beauty can be breathtaking. The glass art sculpture is a Chihuly whose art always inspires. I love my iPhone because I can snap a photo in just seconds. And sometimes I get lucky.