Posts Tagged ‘artistic life’

Rage Against the Portrait

August 6, 2018

Being a writer isn’t all about putting words on paper. Artists of any kind also have to be marketers, and that usually means selecting one’s public image. I really hate choosing portraits. The problem isn’t that they don’t look like me – the problem is they do (and yes, I rage against my mirror as much as I rage against my portraits).

At least I’m smiling

This month has been particularly taxing. I’ve been lucky enough to be interviewed by a local newsletter about Tri-Valley Writers, but that meant finding a picture for the article. I’m also taking on the role of president of Tri-Valley Writers, and that means finding a different picture for our newsletter. Then I noticed that my WordPress photo is woefully out of date, as is my photo on the Tri-Valley Writers website. I’m tempted to put in a picture of something else, but that’s not what a sensible author who actually wants to sell some books would do.

Or is it?

The first medal I ever won got its own quilt

By the way, here’s where you can find my latest book, The Chenille Ultimatum, written with Ann Anastasio.

Who You Are Supposed To Be

September 27, 2017

I had an epiphany this week, and here’s the item that started everything in motion.

For years, I have attributed my stuffy nose and sinus problems to autumn allergies. Since so many of my friends and family have much worse symptoms, I just soldiered on and made sure there were tissue boxes in every room of the house. The last couple of years have been a little worse, so I went to the allergy clinic this week to find out what exactly I’m fighting every fall.

Turns out that is a more interesting question than I thought. Turns out I might not have allergies at all but some other issue that presents with similar symptoms but needs to be treated far differently than an allergy.

That was the epiphany moment. Who I am supposed to be isn’t written in stone. I may look like one thing, but be another. My art might suggest it is one thing, but really is another. I need to dig a little deeper and find out who I truly am, what my art actually is about, and present that story to the world. And in case you need a little encouragement, you should give yourself the gift of finding out who you are, and what your art is about.

Luck and wisdom!

You Know You’re Sick When Cleaning Takes Priority

March 23, 2016

I am now on my second week of blowing off almost everything but sleeping. Whatever is blooming must be tapping into me for extra energy, because I certainly don’t have any.

The pollen from this one tree has turned our sidewalk green

The pollen from this one tree has turned our sidewalk green

There were bills that needed to be paid, and I managed to get to the grocery before we completely ran out of food. I have also done a load of laundry and some cleaning. I’m hoping that clearing some of the pollen out of the house will help. Seriously, that’s been the most creative thought I’ve had all week – get rid of the pollen.

Lani Longshore buffalo collage

Meanwhile, my national parks projects are calling me. Faint, yes, but they’re trying to make their presence known. I thought if I made a collage from the buffalo fabrics I might be able to find enough energy to embroider the edges. This is as far as I got.

Lani Longshore buffalo collage detail

My husband is also sick, although he is a few days behind me. He bought food and medicine before we both became unsafe at any speed, giving me enough time to recover for my shopping trip. With luck, we’ll be back to our normal routines soon. Until then, buy stock in Kleenex – we’re pushing up the second quarter sales all by ourselves.

Luck and wisdom!