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February 3, 2013

10 steps will help break a creative block


6. You need to get past all the reasons in your brain why you should not do any creating at all. “I’ll never make a cent doing this anyway.” “I’m going to miss my favorite TV show and then I’ll really be upset.” Don’t worry about the government and the economy. This could keep your imagination locked up for soooo long!

7. Dream while you’re awake. Think of something wonderful you would like to try and have no fear. Everyone has mistakes in his history; why should you be any different?

8. Think about the wonderful feeling you get when you have started to create something you really like and it’s going well, and I don’t mean grilled cheese and tomato soup. I am talking about your art and the spiritual feeling you get when you are working on something that makes you feel fantastic.

9. Once you have started to create, dance around the room in total abandon and sing “Won’t You Take Me to Funky Town?”

10. Then, and only then, will you have yourself back where you belong. If “Funky Town” isn’t your style, perhaps a little Bach? Welcome back, creative sister or brother. We knew you’d come back. It’s a place your imagination calls home.

Art League events

Now for the Danville Art League news,

— Feb. 15-16 will be the workshop scheduled with Eleanor Wesch, who is also our January and February gallery artist. With the theme, “Walking in a Winter Garden,” the workshop will be from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16. Lunch will be provided on Saturday and these lunches are exceptional.

— Roberta Williams will teach a watercolor class on Feb. 9, 16, and 23. These classes are on Saturdays from 1-3:30p.m.

— On Feb. 21, there will be a general meeting for the Art League with Jennie Huff speaking about “Artist Trading Cards.” This is the biggest movement in art today and is very small — only 2 ½ -by-3 ½-inch cards that artists trade with one another. You can learn more by viewing online YouTube videos.

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