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This Is Now- My Mission Control

Mission Control Back Then

My Mission Control -1 year ago.

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know that last year I turned a blah desk area into my Mission Control.  What’s a Mission Control, you ask?  An area to keep me focused, organized, and motivated for the purpose of running my business.

I’m not going to go into how I did it.  What I am going to show you is what it has become.

To do that, I have created this chart to explain the different facets of my “Mission Boards” and point out some of my favorite bits of inspiration and motivation.

Mission Contol Desk Area Today

My Mission Control Today

How fun is that?!  I can’t wait to get started!

Artists That Inspire- Mission Control

Artists That Inspire

#1- Artist’s that Inspire me.

The top image is a painting from one of my top 5 favorite artists, Marc Chagall.  But many of you already know that since his name was part of my previous blog title.   (Once I get my newsletter up and running, <soon!> I’ll give you the dirt of why I had to quit that blog.  It’s quite a story!)  He’s been an influence on me ever since college and looking at his work always makes me happy.  This image is from a set of notecards that a good friend bought for me from The Cleveland Museum of Art.

The 2-piece image is taken from a modular painting by a local artist, Christine Guillot Ryan.  She creates many paintings that can be hung in a variety of ways to convey different meanings.  Brilliant idea!  I love the colors and dreamlike imagery in her work.  The prints I have are actually magnets so that they can be put together in a variety of ways as well.

The image on the bottom right is by Richard Diebenkorn, a 20th century Abstract Expressionist Painter.  He uses rich colors with a raw but sophisticated application of paint that has left me breathless the few times I’ve seen them in person.  I love when art does that to me!

*Check out my Facebook Page for more images from these artists.

Mission Control- Mahem is Everywhere!

Mahem Is Everywhere!

#2- Mahem Is Everywhere!

This was an actual postcard I received in the mail.  I don’t actually remember what insurance company it’s representing.  Does it matter?  The Mahem guy is a hoot and a reminder to not take life so seriously.

Appropriately placed below it is a stern Batman reminding me to quit procrastinating and work on my art!

The quote off to the side of these two mavericks is one that I found in an existential moment when I was contemplating what my role was as an artist and who was going to benefit from it.  It reads, Man himself is created after the image and likeness of God, therefore there is something divine in the art of making images. – Theodore the Shitite

Beside those are some of my own rules and goals gleaned from random passages I have read.  They are reminders to help me focus when I become caught up in the web of my busy life!

Mission Control- List area

An area for keeping Wishes!

#3  My List Area

To the right is my Wish List.  More specifically, my list of Ikea studio furniture that I’m lusting for after I harvest my money tree!

Next to it is the running list of office and art supplies needed the next time I’m out.  It’s amazing how much paint and paper I go through.  I should buy stock in them!

Desk Area- Favorite Quotes and Inspiration

Favorite Quotes and Inspiration

#4 Favorite Quotes and Inspiration

I seem to look up at this corner of my Mission Control board more than others, so subconsciously I’ve reserved this for my favorite quotes and notes.

The 1st has become my somewhat of my mantra this year:

3 Simple Rules:

1. If you do not GO after what you want,  you’ll never have it.

2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be no.

3. If you do not step FORWARD, you will always be in the same place.

Another source of inspiration is this quote by the famous New York dancer, Twyla Tharp from her book, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life:

When you have selected the environment that works for you, developed the start-up ritual that impels you forward every day, faced down your fears, and put your distractions in their proper place, you have cleared the first hurdle.  You have begun to prepare to begin.

These are my go to quotes right above the ever inspirational quote from the bible, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13

Mission Control- Writing Prompts and Fun Card

Writing Prompts and Fun Card

#5 Reflections from Writing Prompts

For the past year I’ve been receiving daily writing prompts from the online blogger and small business coach, April Bowles Olin.  These started from an e-course I took from her, Blogging For Your Creative Business.  The prompts have been an invaluable tool for reflecting on my creative process and ideas for future projects and blog posts.

Sometimes I save the prompts that are especially meaningful and this is where I put them.

Here is also a card from a friend after my 1st Studio Open House. (I’m planning on having another one of them this spring, by the way!)  I love how playful this card is.  It reads:

How To Paint

Put your ego, critic, Judge in a Drawer.  lock it.  Go on an Art store adventure.  Buy smooth or nubbly paper- whatever sings to your fingers.  Tear it into odd-sized pieces.  Buy one Brush.  Choose colors that you love in ink, watercolor, Acrylic, Oil or Finger paints.  Mix Colors randomly or put directly onto paper.  experiment.  Keep Going.  Make More Mistakes.  Laugh at what develops.  put layers of color on top of each other.  Tear the paper up if you Don’t like it.  Glue the pieces into the center of the next picture.  See if it develops into anything.  spill paint onto the paper.  Watch what Forms next.  This is painting.  you are a painter.– SARK

So that’s it for now.  I’ve laid out the inner workings of my brain and what strikes a chord.  I expect that my Mission Boards will change and evolve as I do.  It would be interesting to do a follow-up in a few years to see exactly how they develop.  

But for now I’ll stick with what I have and let it seep into my bones for awhile.

Do you have a favorite quote, motto, or random words of wisdom to share?  I’d love to hear them.  Who knows?  Perhaps they will make it onto my Mission Control Board!


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. I see SARK art in #5 !! All RIGHT!! 🙂 🙂

    December 6, 2013
  2. LOVE the SARK reference! I’m a SARK-y too 🙂

    December 6, 2013
    • I can see her influence in your work, Wendy! You have a similar playful spirit. xo

      December 10, 2013
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    October 2, 2014

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