IN MY STUDIO

Author: Luann Udell

I find it just as important to write about my art as to make it. I am fascinated by stories. You can tell when people are speaking their truth--their eyes light up, their voices become strong, their entire body posture becomes powerful and upright. I love it when people get to this place in their work, their relationships, their art. As I work from this powerful place in MY heart, I share this process with others--so they have a strong place to stand, too. Because the world needs our beautiful art. All of it we can make, as fast as we can! Whether it's a bowl, a painting, a song, a garden, a story, if it makes our world a better place, we need to do everything in our power to get it out there.

8 thoughts on “IN MY STUDIO”

  1. I love the detail in your creations. Nothing streamlined or minimalist, your work will have something about it to discover for years. The hidden touches, the tiny marks and dents each with their own purpose.

    I deeply regret that, when we were in France a few months ago, we did not have time to stop in Lascaux. We drove past, almost crying at the lost opportunity. Archaeology has fascinated me for most of my life.

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  2. Helen, what beautiful words! Thank you, they mean the world to me.
    Re: visiting Lascauc, The actual cave has been closed for years, but from what I’ve read, Lascaux IV, the latest recreation, is astonishingly good. Put it on your bucket list, it’s worth going to France again!

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  3. Luann, I always read your posts. Full of insight, love, sadness and creative life. I learn much more from you than any ‘creatives learning’ blogs. Please do continue. Thank you for taking the time to write.

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    1. Kerrie, THANK YOU for the kind words, and for letting me know they help. Yes, I will persist :^) and remember, the best gift you can give a writer is to share their words with others. Big big hugs to you today!

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    1. Deb, thank you so much! Yes, we tend to judge our “success” with our art by how much we make from it, and I know so many people who have walked away from it, or are seriously considering that, because of poor sales. If that is necessary or more important to them, I respect that totally. If they are meant to walk another path, I totally respect that, too. But if we know this is where we’re meant to be, I want to give people permission to have that be enough.

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  4. really lovely to see some of your work and your process – as much as I love your motivational blogs (and they are so useful), this was a delight. I also didn’t know that soapstone came in such a variety of shades – I had to go and look it up immediately, so now I have learned something! Thank you.

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  5. As always, good to hear from you, Dawn, and thank you! Yes, soapstone and steatite both come in various shades. Some of the first art I collected were Inuit carvings (inspired by a friend’s family in the late ’50’s who had moved from Alaska and had extensive collection that blew my socks off as a six-year-old!) Some are dark grey, some are greenish, etc. I try to capture the look as best I can without getting too wrapped up in it.

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