Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Night Owl vs Morning Person

Night Owl
 by Sarah McTernen University Place, Washington


I am a night owl.  I am a morning person.  You can have your afternoon though.  My brain ceases to function between about 2 and 4 pm.  It just sits at a continual "duh" and I feel like I cannot accomplish any task.  By the time it kicks into gear, it is 5pm and I have to make dinner.  I don't get to sit down again until after 8pm. 

I know there will be a day, when my artistic pursuits will be allowed to take the driver's seat.  I know that I have to be patient.  To trust myself and the universe and keep pulling myself along. 

Thanks for reading,
Sarah McTernen

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Make Room, Make Room

Hard Drive
I'm in a cleaning phase right now.  Cleaning out old clothes, old dishes, old books, and old ideas.  Scrapping projects that didn't work an make space for new ideas. 

In the middle of this I picked up the KonMari method book from the library, but for the most part it is what I do yearly anyway.  I am not the untidy person.  Teaching my kids to be tidy is a-whole-nother story. 

There are two reasons I cannot embrace this tidying method with vigor.  One, is that I am an amateur librarian and cannot part with books that at some point, may be useful, and two is that I create art from found objects, so you never know when that big bin of cork is going to come in handy, or that broken whisk, or all those motherboards that I scrapped out of laptops a couple years ago.  It is really hard to part with things that are potential art supplies. 

But I live in a small house, with 4+ other people, and I am drowning a bit in potential art and not making nearly enough actual art.

But speaking of actual art, if you are in the Tacoma area on Saturday, I will have my booth set up in conjunction with my neighborhood yard sale. 

Find more information on Facebook An Ardent Life Market.

Thanks for reading,
Sarah McTernen

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Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ardentlifedesigns
Website:    www.anardentlife.com

Monday, May 1, 2017

It Is Why You Create That Matters

Opening my eyes to a new way to look at my creative vision.
There is a quote, saying, what have you, that says

     "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." 


These last couple of years, I have not had a cohesive vision for why I create my art.  There is this random need to turn small pieces into something new and different, but the fleeting inspiration is unfulfilling.  With munchkins underfoot who are also randomly creative beings, my creativity lacks discipline and study.  This is not going to change for the time being.  My munchkins are still young, and though they require less hands on attention than they did when they were toddlers, they are still drawing from my reserves. 

What I can do is accept the patterns of my art.  I can accept that my world is themed around nature.  I can accept the branches, flowers, seed pods, and rocks that are the keystone to my creative ability. 

Keep an eye out for more posts in the coming weeks, more shows in the coming months, more jewelry and other such creative fruits this year.

Thank you for reading,
Sarah McTernen

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Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ardentlifedesigns
Website:    www.anardentlife.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Her Head is Bald



She asked me to shave her head.  This wasn’t the first time, but I was always able to dissuade her before.  This time, she was adamant.  If I didn’t do it, she was going to.  So I shaved her head.  I shaved off the beautiful red locks that everyone loved as she grinned and reassured me that this was what she wanted.  I asked again, are you sure, she was sure.  She was excited.  Then one off glance from her sister, a comment taken the wrong way, and all the strength fled from her.  She was ashamed of her decision, wished she had a time machine, knew everyone would hate her new look. 
She had made the decision, this bold and brave six year old, only caring about her own wants, which is fine in this case because it is her hair, and not a permanent choice either, but that strength we hold to be ourselves is so easily broken by those we care about. So easily shattered.  She was so vibrant in her crew cut beauty, until she wasn’t. 
It has been a few days now, and her confidence has returned a bit.  My hope is that she will carry the idea that she doesn’t have to be someone else’s version of beautiful, that she can boldly be herself without bending to opinions of others.

I grew up in a house where appearances were important.  It always mattered how we looked.  I did not have control over my own hair.  It could be trimmed but never cut.  Girls have long hair.  Women who have short hair are less than feminine.  Women should be feminine.  Boys can have long hair though.  That doesn’t make them feminine.  It is silly.  I struggled with cutting my daughters’ hair, still with the notion that girls should have long hair floating around my brain.  Then they looked at me, saying I don’t want to have to brush it anymore.  Why was I fighting this?

We all have our hang ups from how we were raised.  We all have those lessons so engrained in us that we forget they are not truth. Our world is so awfully hard on women.  There is still so much pressure to be something more than just you. Appearances are so very important to the world, but in the end they mean very little. 


Be Courageous.  Be Genuine.  Be Yourself.


Thank you for reading,
Sarah