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August 18, 2010


To me, that painting below really looks abstract.

"now they also feel like letters to myself from my past - letters I couldn't fully understand when they were written"
That's a good way to look at it. I should look at my old poem drafts that way, too.

Isn't the fact that you're renting a studio part of what's pushing you back into art?

Yay, Beth! Risks---bring them ON! You are equal to the challenge.

I love that feeling of not knowing where I'm going; that's something I really enjoy about writing long fiction. The adventure of it and the freedom as you so perfectly put it.

Hattie, that's totally valid, and goes to show that everyone sees art differently. I'm glad that's true!

Dave, I've always had a place to paint, and liked my last studio (a small room in the back of our workshop/garage, looking out at the garden) a lot. I just wrote back to Lucy Kempton's comment on the previous post and told her that I think the main reason I'm feeling pulled back into art is that I'm doing less professional design work so there feels like space in my brain for more visual creativity. When I was most busy with our business, all I wanted to do in the off hours was play the piano, or read, or write.

Thanks, Hannah! You should know! (Hannah writes a polished poem in response to an image every single day and posts them at The Storialist, http://thestorialist.blogspot.com/.)

James, yes, I'm glad you know what I mean. "Searching it out" is different from stumbling in the dark - we need to have some idea - but I love the feeling of staying open to what I meet along the way and being willing to engage with it.

Oh Beth, this is so exciting. I can't wait to see what comes of it.

Pica, I feel like I've been circling my easel for months, like a dog unable to lie down. It's a big relief to finally give in and begin. And there's lots of paint on that canvas now!

Beth, I enjoy following your creative explorations and processes, and finding the wonderful results posted here.

I belive J. is an artist as well--is he also painting these days?

So many artists in my husband's family, I've become familiar with the demands of oil painting but also the joys. All best with the (ad)venture!

As Joseph Campbell said, "Follow your bliss." We've all worked jobs that bring in money but dull the spirit. When you finish this lifetime, will you look back and say, "This is the person I wanted to be, this is what I wanted to give the world?" It is always a balance between making a living and "living."

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