What’s A Small Stone? and Art Guidelines

I’ve come across an intriguing challenge from the website, a river of stones. The event: National Small Stone Month (NaSmaStMo).  The basics: Pay attention in January and write a short poem a day.  Be less critical.  Be more consistent.  Click the link above if you want to know more and/or would like to join in on the fun!  I doubt I’ll post all of mine.  I plan to store them all in a marble notebook.

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    My art supplies (a very much appreciated Christmas gift) should arrive right before the new year.  Hopefully, I’ll get to start off 2011 with a watercolor painting.

    Finding balance:

    Don’t procrastinate, but don’t rush to begin either
    , I’ve decided. Even when the excitement is bustling inside, I plan to take time to set up and get comfortable first, instead of plopping down in my chair any way I happen to fall and rushing my work. 

    Don’t be a perfectionist, but don’t be careless. 
    Don’t be judgmental, but notice what could be better next time
    , if anything stands out for you.

    These are just my little guidelines.  Of course some people might like to be very spontaneous and quick with their art, (like a Pollock abstract style, for example.) 

    Thanks to anyone who reads this blog and thanks to those who comment.  I really appreciate the feedback I receive.  Your support means a lot to me and inspires me to write and create more.

    Last, here’s an example of a small stone, one that I wrote recently:

    Winter solstice –
    setting sun glazes over
    the sidewalk cracks

    By Jade Nicole Beals

    I'm Jade, a poet, painter, and yoga teacher. I live in southeastern Massachusetts and am from Brooklyn, New York. Besides art and yoga, I love nature, spirituality, music, tea, and a good party.

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