Saturday, March 27, 2010

Definitely Worth the Half Hour

Occasionally, I find the time to listen to the very popular Skirted Roundtable discussions. I obviously would listen every time if I could fit it into my suddenly very busy schedule - but alas. Today, however, I'm so glad that I popped over and I would encourage all of my readers (especially bloggers) to take a 30-minute break from the day and listen to the discussion. The Roundtable Ladies make excellent points.

The topic: Is Design Becoming a Blood Sport? And they pick up where Stephen Drucker, editor in chief for House Beautiful leaves off in his April 2010 letter. I'm sure most of you read the short but poignant note that has suddenly become quite controversial. When you have the opportunity to capture the eyes, hearts, and minds of millions on the inside page of one of America's most popular and favorite shelter mags - is this the right type of "announcement" to make.

I have to stand by my header here, and clap my hands for Mr. Drucker and the ladies of the Roundtable. Druckers last sentence: "As much as I like good decorating, there are some things I like even more: individuality and an open mind" is exactly the subtext of Color Outside the Lines. Be an individual, keep an open mind, and don't edit your creativity.

I am the first to tell you that I have a fragile ego. I think that all artists do. I take comments, whether critical, creative, or constructive and examine all of them against the work I've done. While most of the comments on my blog have been sweeter than sweet, (because I have the absolute best readers!!) some haven't been. And it's those comments that will often make an artist edit their creative outlook, or even worse - stop sharing all together.

Edited to add: A blogger and friend, Delores of Vignette Design commented: Remember what your mother said: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!" As long as we can feel free to be our creative selves, we must allow other's the same freedom. --Delores

I immediately wrote back to Delores and told her that I was going to add this to the post because not only do I think she makes a valid point, the words complete wrap up my thoughts and put it into just a few words: As long as we can feel free to be our creative selves, we must allow other's the same freedom.

I encourage you all to check out the post at SRT, and do me a favor, say something nice to someone today!