Ponno Ponderings — Making Art

Why I Don't Take Commissions

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Why I Don't Take Commissions

I'm an artist and I don't take commissions – here's why.

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Why I Never Sketch (and that's a problem)

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Why I Never Sketch (and that's a problem)

I'm an artist. You'd think I like to get messy, explore tons of ideas, sketch wildly, make / fail / repeat...well, I don't.

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When Painting Is No Longer Fun

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When Painting Is No Longer Fun

Normally on the first of the year, I'd write about my plans for the new year. What I plan to do differently. This year is no exception but I have a specific experience to share instead. Getting comfortable with what's uncomfortable. I spent the better part of the day working on my new Shopify website. I felt pretty productive emotionally as I moved product after product over to the new system. Zoned out. Checked off to-do items. The bigger issue as of late is my creative block. I can't seem to make anything good. Because I don't do much exploring...

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2018 and the Year of Creativity

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2018 and the Year of Creativity

Last December, my cousin Alexis proposed that we all (myself, my sister Kim, my Granny) come up with a word to represent the upcoming year. At this time last year, I was pretty lost. I had just moved back to Chicago after quitting my full time tech job in SF. I wasn't working or making any money which was unsettling every month when bills were due (even though it was my intent to take several months off). I was spending my days waking up at varying hours, eating bags of Ruffles for lunch and dinner, and taking art classes without...

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Painting and Self Doubt

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Painting and Self Doubt

I've been listening to a lot of The Jealous Curator's podcast and it's nice to know that all artists feel self doubt – no matter how young, old, experienced, whatever.

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