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Works of Art - Just Look Around


Having looked around at the unique displays of crafters at various tradeshow events and flea markets, I have always felt so inspired to create something unique, fun and useful, but often fall short.



I don’t know what it is about my lack of focus in the creation process, sub par desire to spend quality time and money on a project, but I must admit it is there.  I usually find myself viewing a crafter’s piece, wishing to purchase it but oftentimes can’t afford it, and then walking away with a mixture of relief and disappointment.  Relief that it wasn’t me who created the piece because I know it wouldn’t have turned out so nice and disappointment because I probably could have used that fine artwork in my home.



When I think of all the works of art, I have come across in my lifetime what stands out the most are the mixed media pieces with eyes looking back at me, a single eye scattered here and there among news headlines, photographs, and acrylic lettering.  It beacons, “Look at me, study me…”  I learned later there are gods who watch us even in the midst of seemingly harmless media.



Another piece that I recall as a child was that of a woman who is looking as if she is crawling up a grassland hill.  In her dress, we only see the back of her head--her hair long.  In the distance there is a house, mountains, skyline, and more grassland.  I wanted to be there--enjoying the peaceful scene like her.  She had no worries of bugs going up her dress and she wasn’t the least bit concerned about the weather.  She was in the moment.



How often we miss being in the moment, enjoying the work in front of us.  Far too concerned with time and moving on to the next work.  We rush the viewing of what the artist meant to slow us down a bit to capture, ponder, and find the diamond in the rough.  It isn’t any wonder why some people are enslaved in their minds, they are not captivated by anything of beauty, intelligence, uniqueness or transforming. 



Appreciate the artwork wherever you might be from the canvas to the skyline--the works of love, light and peace are available if we want them.  Learn a lesson or two from the dark works and always know, your Creator with an abundance of inspiration is watching.

Nicholl McGuire is the blog owner and the author of Spiritual Poems by Nicholl and Floral Beauty on a Dead end Street




Holiday Arts ad Crafts Shows are in Abundance Every November, December

Tis the season holiday markets, festivals, craft shows and more are underway!  I was a vendor at one most recently and I can tell you that the artisans had their share of interesting pieces.  I marketed my books while others had everything from wood work, crochet items, paintings, greeting cards, health and beauty items and much more!  If you are just starting out with your craft or small business, these shows are the way to go.  They are great opportunities to network, share your work, and find out about other upcoming events.  However, what I don't suggest is paying a lot for space.  Have a budget set.  Oftentimes the smaller venues just don't have enough foot traffic.  Always ask the event planner what kind of businesses will be there particularly those who provide blood and toy drives.  Find out if any local celebrities will be there as well.  Without the foot traffic, you will be disappointed if you're objective is to make some serious traffic.  One final note, stir up some traffic for yourself.  Announce where you will be and hopefully you will have family and friends that will show support.  Happy Holidays!

Nicholl McGuire
Blog Owner

Here is a photograph of a recent event I displayed my nonfiction books and family legacy creations.  I got some sales so I was very content. Be inspired!


At another event, my son and I simply tried all sorts of fun things to make.  We sold some of our whimsical creations. 


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Tie back for curtains, cords or other things that get in the way.



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Over 20 years office work experience, six years completed college coursework, background in print media and communications, recognized for exceptional attendance and received merit increase for past job performance, self-published author and part-time entrepreneur, Internet marketing and social media experience. Interned for non-profit organization, women's group and community service business. Additional experience: teaching/training others, customer service and sales. Learn more at Nicholl McGuire and Nicholl McGuire Media

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