Doing What you Love and Loving What you Do

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This article is written by Stacy Steinborn

DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO…This quote has actually stirred controversy in the aspect of making a living and not making a living.  It is mostly interpreted in a thought of what you should do or not do to make money.   Whatever it is you do, you should love it.  The argument for some is, yeah, but you will most likely be broke. Living in Nashville Tennessee the music Capitol of the world, this city is full of thousands upon thousands of broken dreams and hungry musicians.   Now I can’t even begin to write about this argument.   I’m still figuring that one out.  However, I can look at this quote and read into it a little deeper.

Stacy Steinborn

But first, how I came to the conclusion of my interpretation.

As a creator of mixed media art, have you ever finished a piece and shown it to someone and they don’t really react like they like it. I truly feel some people just “don’t get” mixed media.  And I’ve simply come to the conclusion that, that’s okay.

This is a scenario that has happened to me on more than one occasion: At a gathering or function, a group will be talking and someone introduces you to an artist.  In the introduction they state that you do artwork as well.  Then you are questioned, what kind of art do you practice, what style of painting do you prefer? What do you use? And do you sale your art?  To answer these questions I usually say: mixed media, I guess my own style and, I have sold some pieces.  Then you are probed to show your work and you get out your phone show the other artist your pictures, and….crickets.  I find myself for a week or more after this scenario, questioning my talent, my ability, my work in general as an artist.  What an empty feeling to have when it comes to something I love so very much!

If you have ever had a doubt because of other opinions of your work, or because you are just not to the point that you are sure of yourself… I want to encourage you to think about you and your art in a new way.

That bookmark, painting, shadow box, frame, whatever you  have put your hands to do, to make; it has never existed before, not ever.   There may have been other things created like it or similar, you may have looked at something else for inspiration but that very thing you made is the only thing with the brush stroke you made, the glitter you sprinkled, the paper you added, whatever it is you do to your piece of art, it can never be duplicated.  It can never be done the exact same way again.

You are a creator.  You created something.

cre·a·tor   (kr-tr)

n.

1. One that creates

cre·ate   (kr-t)

tr.v. cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing, cre·ates

1. To cause to exist; bring into being. See Synonyms at found1.

2. To give rise to; produce: That remark created a stir.

3. To invest with an office or title; appoint.

4. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort: create a poem; create a role.

adj. Archaic Created.

What a great definition of you!

The next time an “artist” or the “art community” tries to snub, insult you or your work because your not in the right circle or are not up to their standards please read the above definition.  You my dear are amazing because you brought something into existence with your hands and your mind and it is here now.   Take joy in your creation!

This finally brings me to the quote, DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO.  Now think about it again.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE = If you love to paint in circles, in lines, sideways, cross-ways, glue everything but the kitchen sink to your painting, cut strips of paper, add salt to your watercolor, do image transfers, paint the same subject over and over, use stamps, whatever style it is that you use, and you love it…then DO it.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE! When it comes to creating YOUR piece of art…you are the only one who can decide if you love how you do it.  If you are passionate about it you will keep on working at it until you figure out what you love if your not there yet.

Now the second part to that quote.

LOVE WHAT YOU DO = If you have finished your work.  You owe it to yourself to love it. If your not in love with it, love the fact that you did it, you learned from it, even if its what not to do next time, love it.   Don’t let someone’s interpretation of your art become your interpretation of your art.  You did it, you LOVE it! Love your style, love your mistakes(this makes you grow, I promise) love your whimsy, love your boldness, love your subtleness, love the colors you put together, love the lines, love the stamps you chose to use, love your paint covered clothes, love it…love yourself!

If you’ve been struggling with your ability or your style, if its because you are still growing or you have been snubbed or insulted.  Remember three things..

You CREATE

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

Stacy Steinborn

I’m closing with a painting that I created using an image transfer of a sketch I did with a sharpie on packing paper.  I used ephemera from an old love story from the thirties and the colors that make me think of the honky tonks in Nashville. I used a heavy gel medium and a stencil to make the star pop and added layers and scraped off layers until I had the texture I desired.   This lady looks as if she sang in the honky tonks of yesteryear and she was happy, because she did what she loved.

Stacy Steinborn

She has earned her laugh lines, her wrinkles from  her hurts and her worries.  She wore the stories of her life written on her face. But she smiled because she did what she loved.

Stacy Steinborn

I hope you are inspired to love what you do.

Flood your art with your inner light,

Stacy Steinborn

 

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Stacy Steinborn lives in a little suburb outside of Nashville called Spring Hill TN in the USA. More of Stacy’s work can be found on her Flooded in Light blog.

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Do What You Love, Love What You Do

This article is written by Stacy Steinborn

DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO…This quote has actually stirred controversy in the aspect of making a living and not making a living.  It is mostly interpreted in a thought of what you should do or not do to make money.   Whatever it is you do, you should love it.  The argument for some is, yeah, but you will most likely be broke. Living in Nashville Tennessee the music Capitol of the world, this city is full of thousands upon thousands of broken dreams and hungry musicians.   Now I can’t even begin to write about this argument.   I’m still figuring that one out.  However, I can look at this quote and read into it a little deeper.

honky tonk woman in mixed media collageBut first, how I came to the conclusion of my interpretation.

As a creator of mixed media art, have you ever finished a piece and shown it to someone and they don’t really react like they like it. I truly feel some people just “don’t get” mixed media.  And I’ve simply come to the conclusion that, that’s okay.

This is a scenario that has happened to me on more than one occasion: At a gathering or function, a group will be talking and someone introduces you to an artist.  In the introduction they state that you do artwork as well.  Then you are questioned, what kind of art do you practice, what style of painting do you prefer? What do you use? And do you sale your art?  To answer these questions I usually say: mixed media, I guess my own style and, I have sold some pieces.  Then you are probed to show your work and you get out your phone show the other artist your pictures, and….crickets.  I find myself for a week or more after this scenario, questioning my talent, my ability, my work in general as an artist.  What an empty feeling to have when it comes to something I love so very much!

If you have ever had a doubt because of other opinions of your work, or because you are just not to the point that you are sure of yourself… I want to encourage you to think about you and your art in a new way.

That bookmark, painting, shadow box, frame, whatever you  have put your hands to do, to make; it has never existed before, not ever.   There may have been other things created like it or similar, you may have looked at something else for inspiration but that very thing you made is the only thing with the brush stroke you made, the glitter you sprinkled, the paper you added, whatever it is you do to your piece of art, it can never be duplicated.  It can never be done the exact same way again.

You are a creator.  You created something.

cre·a·tor   (kr-tr)

n.

1. One that creates

cre·ate   (kr-t)

tr.v. cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing, cre·ates

1. To cause to exist; bring into being. See Synonyms at found1.

2. To give rise to; produce: That remark created a stir.

3. To invest with an office or title; appoint.

4. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort: create a poem; create a role.

adj. Archaic Created.

What a great definition of you!

The next time an “artist” or the “art community” tries to snub, insult you or your work because your not in the right circle or are not up to their standards please read the above definition.  You my dear are amazing because you brought something into existence with your hands and your mind and it is here now.   Take joy in your creation!

This finally brings me to the quote, DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO.  Now think about it again.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE = If you love to paint in circles, in lines, sideways, cross-ways, glue everything but the kitchen sink to your painting, cut strips of paper, add salt to your watercolor, do image transfers, paint the same subject over and over, use stamps, whatever style it is that you use, and you love it…then DO it.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE! When it comes to creating YOUR piece of art…you are the only one who can decide if you love how you do it.  If you are passionate about it you will keep on working at it until you figure out what you love if your not there yet.

Now the second part to that quote.

LOVE WHAT YOU DO = If you have finished your work.  You owe it to yourself to love it. If your not in love with it, love the fact that you did it, you learned from it, even if its what not to do next time, love it.   Don’t let someone’s interpretation of your art become your interpretation of your art.  You did it, you LOVE it! Love your style, love your mistakes(this makes you grow, I promise) love your whimsy, love your boldness, love your subtleness, love the colors you put together, love the lines, love the stamps you chose to use, love your paint covered clothes, love it…love yourself!

If you’ve been struggling with your ability or your style, if its because you are still growing or you have been snubbed or insulted.  Remember three things..

You CREATE

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

Sharpie sketch on packing paper

I’m closing with a painting that I created using an image transfer of a sketch I did with a sharpie on packing paper.  I used ephemera from an old love story from the thirties and the colors that make me think of the honky tonks in Nashville. I used a heavy gel medium and a stencil to make the star pop and added layers and scraped off layers until I had the texture I desired.   This lady looks as if she sang in the honky tonks of yesteryear and she was happy, because she did what she loved.

gel medium image transfer

She has earned her laugh lines, her wrinkles from  her hurts and her worries.  She wore the stories of her life written on her face. But she smiled because she did what she loved.

honky tonk woman in mixed media collage

I hope you are inspired to love what you do.

Flood your art with your inner light,

Stacy Steinborn

 

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Stacy Steinborn lives in a little suburb outside of Nashville called Spring Hill TN in the USA. More of Stacy’s work can be found on her Flooded in Light blog.

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Gloves Off for Mixed Media Painting

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Stacy Steinborn has taken her gloves off to create this vibrant mixed media painting with coffee filter flowers and water colour paints.

This article is written by Stacy Steinborn from Flooded in Light

As a mixed media artist it is to your benefit to release old habits and experiment with getting your hands dirty.  I remember as a child I loved squishing mud between my finger, the wet almost slimy feel of finger paint, putting glue all over my hands and letting the gooey white substance dry just so I could peel the flaky stuff off, and sculpting with gritty wet sand at the beach.

I attended an art class recently and the instructor put gloves on because she didn’t want to get her hands dirty.  My inner child wanted to scream “that is part of the fun!!” By no means do I want to insult anyone who prefers to wear gloves or who hates to get “dirty”.  That is not my intentions.  However we are taught as children to not get dirty and to color inside the lines.  I hope to challenge you to take the gloves off, and connect with your art with the sense of touch.  Feel free when you create.  If you have been at an artistic lull, maybe you need to break down some barriers.  Do what you were taught not to do…get your hands dirty and color outside the lines.  Experiment with not being perfect.  You can create harmony with imperfection.

mixed media painting

Before I started this piece I had no idea what to do.  I had old coffee filters I started painting dots on with water color…they started looking like flowers, flowers of the Orient…thus inspiration.  With the back ground of the canvas I wanted to create water but with movement.  Layers of greens and blues were not enough.  I sprayed rubbing alcohol and baby oil to add to the affect of ripples and movement.  And for the center I pulled out my old sketch pad. Thumbing through old sketches.  I had old sketches of a few koi fish.  I took tissue paper and traced one image with a sharpie(be careful not to bare down to hard, it will bleed through to your sketch).  After the back ground of water had dried I applied a clear gesso and flattened the tissue image to the painting allowing it to dry over night.  I then took warm water and lightly scrubbed the tissue away from the painting leaving bits of the tissue on the painting for texture.  The ink image had transferred onto the painting.  Then the perimeter of the painting was like decorating a cake.  I added all the coffee filter flowers with a powder based glue mixed with warm water.  After completely drying I added contrast with black paint and random oil pastel for details.

mixed media water colour paints

This painting is a series of old sketches, dabbles of water color on up-cycled coffee filters and the need to get my hands dirty so I could feel the piece coming to life.  Most importantly the release of not being perfect by smearing glue, oil pastel, rubbing alcohol, paint and ripped paper “outside of the lines”.

I hope you are inspired by creating harmony and approaching your next work like a fighter, gloves off and no fear.

Flood your art with your inner light…

Stacy Steinborn

coffee filter water colour paintings

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More of Stacy’s work can be found on her Flooded in Light blog.

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Mixed Media Artist ~ Stacy Steinborn

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Our Mixed Media Art community is such a diverse bunch; from all around the world, with different interests, reasons why we create and a wide range of skills.  This week Stacy Steinborn will tell us her story and shares some of her artwork with us.

Enter Stacy…

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My name is Stacy Steinborn and my home is in a little suburb outside of Nashville called Spring Hill TN in the USA.  I am a happy wife of almost 14 years and one of the reasons I am so happy is because I agree to agree with my husband that we both march to our own drum, but somehow it produces harmony.  And in the drumming of our life, we have been joined by two little girls that have their own little percussion section going! We have a 14 year old diabetic min pin and the most wonderful evil kitty in the world!

I am the kind of girl who prefers swirls over rigid lines, I read my magazines from back to front, and I love making a mess to make something completely amazing in the end.  That is one reason why I love mixed media.  My mixed media journey is rather young.  I have always painted, but my hands were needing to get more involved.  I started around September of 2010.  I love using things such as recycled paper, magazines, lace, blue jeans, gauze and rope to collaborate into something that was not, into something that is inspiring or completely different.

I don’t know if I have a certain style, I do some sculpting in a lot of my art with my fingers, paste and some lucky recycled item.   I believe that I can start with something in mind and in the process of adding and sculpting in a mixed media piece, the work changes into what it wanted to be.  I have loved art my entire life.  I read a quote once and it is the closest thing to what my soul feels when I look and admire art.  It is:

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton

This is exactly why I love art.

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by Stacy

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More of Stacy’s work can be found on her Flooded in Light blog.

Thanks for sharing your art story with us, Stacy!

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