three books

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

The why of it

I've been preparing for a show next month and find myself a little worried, not about the task of getting work ready but by the thought of having to stand by the work and the feeling of having to explain myself when someone says, "what does it mean"? One school of thought regarding the presentation and sale of artwork is that an explanation should never be offered. After all, it is much more important that the viewer (and potential collector) of my work find their own meaning within a piece than be limited by my stuttering summation. True. However, I think that it is important that I know, and am able to articulate WHY I do what I do and that is what has been occupying my mind lately.
I believe that the desire to create is inherent in many of us but I know, for myself, that that desire lays largely dormant unless driven by a secondary desire to reach out and connect with other human beings. Yes, there are times when painting can be just about painting, or colour, or texture...and that can be satisfying in and of itself but what really motivated me when I got down to work in the studio this month was the essential need to express something more personal. To reveal something of how I think about things, and maybe tell a story (or invite the viewer to make one up). I hoped to initiate an interaction that would encourage people to notice our commonalities and perhaps share a word or a smile. Maybe many people will accept the work at face value and never trouble themselves to look for a deeper meaning and that's okay. But maybe someone or two will take the time to peek beneath the surface, and ponder a little.

Julia's story

what can I say

we could be happy here

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

gone, gone, gone, been gone so long

Where does the time go?

My days are filled to the brim and there is never enough time to do all the things I would like to do. Last month flew by with holiday visiting and visitors, a birth, birthdays and anniversary celebrations. All good, and all time consuming. With September gone it is time to get it in gear for a show next month and I feel like I am slogging through mud. So much to do and so little TIME!

H. Jackson Brown once said:
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."

Agreed, but I have to ask, did any one of them have to fit their day around frequent dog walking and endless household chores? Did Michelangelo stop painting the chapel at 5:00 p.m. every day of the world to go cook dinner for the family? I'm thinking NO. I'm also guessing Leonardo didn't have to step over the dog in front of his easel or walk him four times a day and Albert clearly didn't take time out to style his hair in the morning so I'm going to cut myself a little slack and stop thinking I should be accomplishing more than is possible for a normal, non-genius kind of human on an average day.

I'm not complaining mind you, I have a pretty good life and I am grateful for it. The busy days are good days, I just need to squeeze a little more into them so I've started this week using the time block method to break my days down into reasonable chunks for all the things that I need (and want) to get done. This chunk is "blog" time and so I have a guilt free hour to catch up on reading some of my favorites and jotting one of my own. Oops, almost up, next I have two 90 minute blocks of studio time, guessed it. Dinner, For which I have allotted one 90 minute time block for the prepping, cooking and eating thereof. Just kidding, I'm not quite so disciplined as that - yet!

This is one of the cartoons from my 90 minute sketching block this morning.
Have a happy, productive day.