Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Branching Out
Originally uploaded by mlee.etsy.com

After two bleecentric birthday posts in a row I think it is time to get back to the original focus of this blog. The art. Something that has been neglected for months now that I am finally starting to poke back into.

Doing "The Artist's Way" is going very well. The art dates where I go out and do something by myself is by far the hardest, but probably the second most vital part of the program. The most important is the morning pages that I diligently do each morning while drinking a cup of tea. I've been getting up earlier just so I can be sure to get this, and some other art business stuff done. But it all started with doing the morning pages. Three pages about whatever written first thing in the morning. Even when I didn't complete the book in the past I did those and they helped.

This time I start each page with my list of seven things for the day. On my computer I have another list of seven business things to do. I go through and see what I completed and what I didn't from the day before. And each day I do more and more on both lists. I just hope I am not getting ahead of myself and can keep up this pace. I'm being very careful not to go too fast and burn out as I am prone to do. It is important for me to recognize my weaknesses both as an artist, a business woman, a wife, a mother and a person. Not to use those to beat myself up but to grow past them.

After every block I reach some sort of breakthrough. I wonder what it will be this time.

Please enjoy your day. I plan on enjoying mine and will keep listing new work from my last printing on Etsy.


Heather Moore said...

Hi Marissa
I just saw your comment at Skinny laMinx, and you know, I'd be really happy to send you one of those keyrings, maybe just for the cost of postage? Let me know if you're keen, and if so, which one you like. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them anyway.


P.Rashid said...

HI Marissa, I'm glad to hear you are getting back on the art saddle, so to speak. Your daughter is precious. It's wonderful that her first birthday was so special!

I appreciate you sharing about your life as a mom, wife and artist. It's a struggle and joy that I'm undertaking too. I have a 7 year and a baby due any day now. This pregnancy has been rough!

I find your blog to be an inspiring source of strength and hope for me. It has helped me know I'm not alone in my struggle to balance it all.

So thanks again for sharing!

Happy Printing!


Marissa L. Swinghammer said...


On both counts.

The Great Ethan Allen said...

I'm facinated by block printing. since I carve wood. I know all about that break through point. where things can just fall into place. anyway this is second post on your site. I may mark it to my favs...

Marissa L. Swinghammer said...

Hi Ethan. Welcome. Nice blog name! The breakthrough following a block is something that others have spoken about.