Put Yourself Out There

You won’t get into the show unless you enter the show. You won’t meet new people unless you expand your activities and try new things. Yeah, yeah, I know. And here’s two more – You won’t get the job unless you apply. You won’t find something lost, unless you go looking for it.

Wouldn’t it be great, if like some movies, our talent was magically discovered? Our artwork is shown at the best New York gallery and all of it sells! Rave reviews! Big bucks! Our name is known and tweeted!

You might be discovered , but usually it happens after a rediculous amount of practice, over years, and repeatedly putting yourself out there… You mean, I must enter the show more than once? I must show up  for work, each day?


It might be, that even though you managed the tedious work of entering your artwork, it didn’t get in! Dog Gone It! Or words to that affect. “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.” Don’t you agree that the tune that goes with these words is very perky and upbeat?


I love shoes!


It is useful to adopt a toddler’s outlook on falling over. No big deal. A child does not agonize,


evaluate, second guess, or feel victomized by the juror. She just keeps on practicing. Each day is an adventure!  Give your toddler- self permission, to be curious, resilient, observant, and hungry.





Meatloaf Soup: Dice 2 c. carrots, stir with a little oil, and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside. Thaw 2 c. frozen peas by putting them in luke warm water. Drain and set aside. Make meatloaf: preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine one lb. buffalo burger (or hamburger), 3/4 c. tomato sauce, 1 egg, 1/2 c. oats, 1/2 t. onion powder, 3/4 t. salt, 1/4 t. pepper and 1 t. fennel seed. Press mixture into a round glass pie plate and bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Combine 1 c. tomato sauce and 2c. beef broth and warm up in a pan. Mix together peas and carrots. Cut meatloaf into 8 sections. In each soup bowl place one section of meatloaf, 1/3 c. of peas and carrots, and 3/4 c. of hot broth mixture.  (There is enough stuff for 4 servings. There will be left over meatloaf.)




Quick Show and Tell

In my September blog post, I showed you many examples of artwork inspired by relationships with people, animals and place.  Two of the photos I shared then, are now small pieces of art. The first step in my work process, was to do a lot of editing. I limited the number of fabric choices, I… Read more »

Not a waste of time

I meet each week with artist friends, to share our lives and discuss art related stuff. We call it Tuesday Morning Art Coffee. Some people stay one hour and some people stay 2 or more hours. We occasionally talk about flooded basements, food allergies, or dividing the daisies, but usually we stick pretty close to… Read more »

Inspiration Found in Relationships

My artist statement has drifted this way and that over the years, but one thing remains the same. People Together. Relationship. Of course dogs and horses and cats are also ‘people’. There are other Sowada characteristics of outdoors, seasons, reflections, and shadows that usually appear as well. Here are some examples of reference photos and… Read more »

How is it done?

I create artwork in two styles. When I am making abstract artwork, there is no pattern. I begin with an idea and a group of fabrics that would play well together. When I make a figurative piece the process is more structured, and in this blog I will talk about those steps. There’s a part… Read more »

Cat Fights and Tornados

I didn’t know whether to call this blog post “Planning for Everything” or “Cat Fights and Tornados.”I thought that Cat Fights might catch your attention. It is summer time, so you might open the house to the welcome cool breezes at night. That’s why it’s easy to hear the cat fight outside your window at… Read more »

At the Art Reception

When I attend an Art Reception, I usually seek out the company of another artist, preferably to sit one on one in a quiet corner. The patrons are OK too, but the conversations differ. I have thankfully out grown the extreme shyness of my youth. It is no longer impossible or painful to talk to… Read more »

How Small? How Big?

The size of a project makes a difference. You might have to get a riding lawn mower! Buy lots of trowels, so the kids can help with the weeding! Budget more than one quick weekend to paint the house! In the fabric art that I do, the two extremes of big and tiny seem the… Read more »

Powerful Habits

‘Ground Hog Day’ was a movie that dealt with the concept of repetition, waking up each day to the beginning of the same winter day, over and over. The main character began to notice this caught- in- a- loop dilema, and as a result made small changes in choices he made. So, I’ve been thinking… Read more »