The Midpoint Show and a Round-Up

Photo: Street Art from my neighborhood, Diana F+ with 55mm Wide-Angle Lens

For all the artists/writers/creatives who began playing the Portfolio Project game with us at the beginning of the year, we're almost to the midpoint of our 12-week game in which we create a focused burst of new work. It was so encouraging for me to show Jen the progress I made when I saw her over the weekend that I've decided to create a Midpoint Gallery Show here on this site, so you can assess for yourself what you've accomplished so far and have an opportunity to share your new work with this creative community.

This will be a little experiment with a larger gallery idea I'd like to do at the Portfolio Project's end. So line up your creations side by side or however they come together. Pick your favorite piece so far, or grab a camera and take a pic of all of them together. Shoot or scan your favorite, and send it my way (jen at jenlee dot net). Include a link to your own site, if you have one, and you're welcome to send a sentence or two about what your breakdown or breakthrough has been so far (they are one and the same thing, if you haven't yet noticed).

I will be so honored to show and celebrate your work with you. Who's in? In the meantime, here's a little round-up below of some of my Portfolio Project pieces I've shared along the way, including a few that have appeared on other sites.  (You may notice I started playing this game as soon as we came up with the idea, a couple days before I got it posted here for all of you.)  I also have my Diana F+ pictures, which are also part of my Portfolio Project, on my Flickr site.  There--I went first.  Now it's you're turn:  share the goods!

The Courage to Tell It Like It Is for Shutter Sisters

Choosing:  the Toy, or the Food? for NYC Moms Blog

Santa Angst and "The Awesome-est Day Ever" for NYC Moms Blog

The Peace-Maker

They Gathered


The Gentle Storm

Fine is Fine

You Write All the Way to the Fence

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Podcast: Focus, and Creating a Life

Photo: 7th Ave. hat stand, Diana F+ with wide-angle lens

When I turned on the microphone this morning, I had no idea how hoarse I was.  I edited out some coughs in an effort to prevent hearing damage for any ear bud-wearers, and it is so hard for me not to edit it all the way.  I just have to remember:  humility.  A slow death for perfectionism. Today I'm thinking about the ways in which the Portfolio Project may be shaping up differently than we imagined, and how we can roll with it and keep going.  I'm realizing that the Portfolio Project is just the latest way I'm choosing to create my life. Listen below.

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The Portfolio Project

I spend a lot of energy managing the mind game in this line of work.  There are so many things to get snagged along the way and slow us down--performance issues, perfectionism, the complex relationship between art and commerce and the way you can read that sales sheet like it's measuring your whole worth.  One thing that helps me keep things light and not too significant is to frame things in terms of a game that I'm currently playing.  When Jen Lemen came to visit last week, we were both at the end of the games we'd been playing for the end of the year, and ready for something new.  We came up with a 12-week action burst that would focus on daily production goals that will dramatically expand our body of work.  This is a big game.  What would your landscape look like, if 12 weeks from now you had 50 new paintings, or 100?  If you had 50 new poems and short stories?  What if they weren't all amazing--don't you think the odds are that plenty of them would be?  That it would feel good to fish for the best from a vast ocean instead of a puddle of projects? Here's an excerpt of our conversation in which The Portfolio Project was born.  (Watch my moves here--I'm just throwing this up here, even though it isn't perfect and even though I was fumbling through new software and couldn't get it 'just so'.) Anyone can play this game, at any time.  But we're playing it now, and we're both "The More, The Merrier" kind of gals.  Let us know if you're up for playing along.