* Shop names are so important and personal; where did you get yours from?
The name 'Lone Crow' came years ago... wandering through the woods, a winter crescent moon low in the sky, deep in thought. A crow started cawing in the branches above me and seemed to shout "lone crow"... for the next couple of weeks a single crow always seemed to show up when I was out, calling the same name. When I started planning this shop, a crow turned up again, and so 'Lone Crow Photo' was born.
* Where do you find that you get your inspiration from?
Just look out of the window.... or shut my eyes & breathe.... it's all around. Walking in the woods or down the street..... looking up at the sky or down at the pavement... I'm just fascinated with colour & textures... at seeing bare branches form buds & watching them unfurl... and the moon, how she fascinates & inspires.... just looking at & being a part of nature is inspiration for me.
Also a quotation, "Inspiration comes from doing", don't know who said it but it's true. You can sit thinking about what you could do, or might do etc etc... or you can sit thinking you don't know what to do... but actually doing something leads to other things. Even if it's bitter cold and I really don't want to go outside to get that shot, once I take the first photograph, it can lead to being out for hours. When I really don't want to sit at the 'puter checking & editing, once I start..... you know the story.... how many hours go by & more ideas for what I want to photograph or how to catch something.
It's the same for writing.... even if I have no direction to begin with.... just the act of picking up a pen or pencil & doing some doodles or writing random words (a psychologists dream if they ever saw what I wrote!).... and before long I'm in full flow & really, REALLY don't want to stop.
* How do you keep up your motivation?
Well, I always have so many ideas, it is easy for me to get distracted or not do anything for thinking of things. I try to leave something unfinished so there is something I have to get on with straight away... or have a 'to do' list so I don't get too side-tracked. (except that it's a very flexible list & I tend to ignore it, but the theory is good!)
Once I start on something though, I can be very single minded. I think it's important to recognise your own natural cycles too... there are times when I'm naturally more productive & others when I'm more thoughtful.... and since keeping an eye on the moon-phase I've been much more aware of my own cycles of motivation & introspection etc. I don't get upset with myself if I'm not motivated though... it usually just means I need to be looking at something else for a while, and it's quite ok to do 'nothing' for a while too!
* Do you see you art and shop as a reflection of yourself; your soul?
Absolutely.... at least a tiny part of it.
* Where has this artistic journey taken you so far?
It's led me along a wonderful path.... It has lead me to teach calligraphy, to open a shop selling my own work & that of others, to learn about healing... both myself & others.
I took a calligraphy class more than 20 years ago... I collected quotations to write out, and so read snippets of wisdom from great philosophers & ancient cultures, bits of poems & bits of religion... these lead me to read more, to think more deeply.... to recognise the connection between all things.
The photography only started seriously a couple of years ago. I was taking photographs for my blog and tried to catch a lunar eclipse... and got that bright fuzzy blob of light that you will know so well if you've tried to photograph the moon! I started reading about photography... then cameras... then when my little old camera 'died' I bought a 2nd hand Nikon d40. I've learnt a great deal about myself whilst I've been watching the moon & seen so much more in nature.
Taking photographs, then writing about what I've seen... what I feel... has clarified my thoughts and insights, and has often translated into calligraphic work too. My art & spirituality walk hand in hand with me & I'm thoroughly enjoying the journey!
* Does Art enhance your life?
Art is a way of being... if I didn't write or paint or photograph I'd be happy just appreciating the greatest artist of them all... Mother Nature.
* Can we have one pearl of wisdom you have learnt along the way?
Accept what you've done as the best you could do at that time. Ok, so you might think it would have been better like this or that, but accept that piece, as it is, at that time. If you try again, treat it as a new piece of work, not just 're-doing' the same thing over & over, which can lead to frustration. In this way, the new project has it's own new life & energy...
* How important is feedback to you?
I'm often amazed at how much something I've done can mean to someone else... it's always lovely to hear. A bit of an ego thing, but still lovely!
* Are you a member of any teams on Etsy - does this help?
Too many! I keep seeing something that seems interesting or useful to be a part of, but to be honest I find them too much of a distraction. It's too easy to spend time looking at what other people are doing instead of getting on with my own business. I've neglected my own writing since being involved with teams on etsy.... it's something I've got to learn to balance, but that will come, Im sure!
And here she is :) *waves*
Lone Crow Etsy Shop
Suzi in her loveliness has also decided to do a giveaway of a 5x5 OR 5x7 print of your choice from her shop!!! yippeee, we all love the excitment of these :) Everyone is welcome to join... do share with your friends
1 - Go Suzi's Shop
2 - Leave me a comment letting us know that piece you like bestest :)
3 - add in your email address so I can get hold of you as you may be busy - it's Christmas after all!
4 - THURSDAY I shall pick a winner out of my hat