And some pieces have a modern sensibility.
Last year I hosted an art party. It had been a long winter and I wanted to see some friends and do something fun. So I set out a long table with two painting panels on it and palettes of paint. I invited people (many of whom were non artists) to make random marks of color on the canvas, with the idea that I would "finish" the painting. Well, I haven't done that yet. Here's where it was left at:
It's a little on the bright side because we were using pure pigment right out of the tube. I want to subdue some colors but don't want to obscure all the marks that were made at the party. I had the idea of hanging cheese cloth over the painting to get a sense of glazing. In a sense, it's like slipcovering your paintings.
This was fun. It gives me ideas of what I might do.
If everything's important,
then nothing's important.
Yeah, I thought so. I like to do a lot of things. I didn't even list all the things I must do, just the things I like to do. I'm talking to myself here, but if it helps you, then great. Dixie, you can't do everything.
Life is about making choices. The constraints of our time and our space help us in making these choices. In fact, psychologists propose that constraints contribute to creativity and inventiveness. That's good news! I only have so much space and time, just like the rest of you.
Some questions to help me in my choice-making:
What will I wish I had done (next year, in five years)?
What would I do if I weren't afraid?
Which things fit with my creative personality?
Which activities are most practical for my life?
Which activities contribute to the family budget?
Some things I need to cut down on:
Playing around with the colors and backgrounds on the sites that I write for. It's fun but it doesn't necessarily make the sites function better. In five years will I wish I had made a painting instead of switching the background of a site from pale ochre to yellow?Pleasing people. I really, really, really like to encourage other people and help them. But, and this is tricky, am I ignoring the needs of my family and even myself to please another person? Sometimes the other person isn't putting forth as much effort to help themselves as I am. I'll still help people who need it, but I won't worry as much about pleasing people.The online checking loop that takes up a lot of time (ouch!)....first check email, then check news, then check facebook, then check groups, then check twitter. Then start the loop over again. Will I wish I had made a painting or created a folk doll instead of doing some of those things?
Side note. My family hates the picture above. It was taken by my photographer friend Dani Pease. I was modeling for a project of hers about women of a certain age and what we've learned. She took a lot of great pictures that day! I was goofing around for this one. But she caught something in it because it got ALL kinds of reactions from my family. I put it on the fridge before the kids got out of school last year and my son with autism went right to the picture and threw it away even before he had his snack. It looks like the face I make when he is being told he's lost a privilege. My husband said, "Don't post that picture." My other son said I look mean. And yet here I am posting it. It's a great motivational poster for ME to hang in my studio while I do the sorting of STUFF. I mean, really, if I try to keep the 3" piece of string, do you think that woman will let me?
Are you still with me?
You're probably a friend
or family member.
Or you need to clean your slate, too.
While I was in Florida, I went to an art show in Stuart. It was fun looking at the artists' work. I bought some earrings from an artisan. But a conversation in one of the artist spaces captured my attention. The artist was talking to potential clients. While she was doing talking she flipped through some matted works on a table, pulled something out and said emphatically,
"THIS is my REAL art."
The comment stuck with me. I thought about it a lot. Artists often have streams of work. Some streams are for making money, and others are dear to their heart.
Do you have streams of art? Which do you consider to be your real art? Can your money making art be your real art?
Lots to think about.
I've been working on 2013 goals. Yes, I know it is 2015. ;-) Sometimes you get interrupted.
Learning to make plaster molds and do slip casting has been a goal for years. I started this process last fall and have focused a bit more since the new year began. I'm on my way. I'm not sure if/how I will use this process. But it's in my toolbox of skills now. For sure it needs fine tuning. But it's fun learning something new.