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Meeting THIS THURSDAY 9/13/18

Meeting THIS THURSDAY 9/13/18

We’re meeting THIS THURSDAY, September 13, at 7pm at Jacob’s Well on Jersey in Normal, IL.

We hope you’ll plan to join us for Q&A discussion on a myriad of creative topics.

This will be our second Cross Pollination meeting of the year and we are tweaking the format a bit by combining Cross Pollination discussion and art sharing. 

Cross Pollination Background:

At an Art Circle meeting eight years ago in spring of 2010 two things happened:
Angel shared her frustration over trying to set up a postcard to industry standard print specs requiring a 1/4″ type safety and an 1/8″ of bleed and Janean said she had to google how to mix brown using primary color tempera paint before teaching an elementary art lesson. Angel’s type safety and bleed prepress stress was second nature for Janean who worked in mail order advertising for sixteen years. The brown paint thing was easy peasy for Angel who has been painting for even longer than that! Angel said aloud, “We should have gotten together and cross pollinated!” [And in case you are wondering, google gave two formulas for mixing brown. The first was to remember a Christmas tree and mix red + green and the second was orange + blue.]

NEW! Experimenter’s Cross-Pollination:

At our September 13, 2018 meeting we invite you to bring one example of an art form or art supply you have experimented with. Then we will take turns presenting our experiment to the group and answering questions that arise.

What have you tinkered with? Did it work? Has it become a part of your artistic repertoire?

[Spoiler Alert] Angel’s example will be the use of gel mediums and what she has done with them. Angel has a triptych of three identical subject matters with gel medium handled in very different ways on each piece to see what effect/affect they would have in the final piece.

We want to be resources for one another. We’ll go around the circle one at a time so everyone can hear both the Q and the A. In this way we can learn from one another. We all have knowledge to share. We ask for courtesy during the Q&A discussion, taking turns speaking and please limit side conversations, so that we can hear one another as a group.

Book List

Book List

Here’s a listing of books on or about creativity & its obstacles our group has found helpful & repeatedly mentioned in Circle. Ask about these books at your independent & local bookstore or check out the links.


In no particular order:


The Creative Call: An Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit

by Janice Elsheimer 

This book has been a repeating theme at Art Circle since the group moved to Jacob’s Well in June of 2009.



The Courage to Create

By Rollo May

“Rollo May helps all of us find those creative impulses that, once liberated, offer new possibilities for achievement.”



Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

by Jeff Goins

“One of my favorite chapters is about having a creative community where you live.  Hmmm, sound familiar? :-)” ~Janean



Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

by David Bayles and Ted Orland

“Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues.” ~Bayles & Orland



The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield

“Defines the battles of creating and offers some strategies for winning the war.”   ~LizBeth


If you have anything to add to this list

please email us your suggestion

with a brief description why.

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