Friday, May 17, 2013
I will be away for two weeks.
See you when I return!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Too Much Art?
Today I am wondering if there is just too much
art: easy art, consumer art, art candy.
The best thing about digital art is that it is easily delete-able,
if addictive as any art form.
I have been going through my file images
and realizing that most of them need to expire!
I am going cross-eyed with the inventory!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
As We Think
the smiling face, abundant grace
gifts of the divine
"As we think, so we become"
I am still working on the new format for the digital journal pages.
So far I'm enjoying the experimenting and play
with my " digital" art box!
The focus on journaling is providing me with a much
needed renewed expression of my visual journey
with a new freedom to explore my daily world
and how I SEE it in honest images that clarify for me
how I'm thinking, what my art is becoming.
* The Buddha face on the left was made using an altered
photo of a stone! Love the image! It reminds me
of Rilke's poem "Buddha in Glory":
"all this universe...is your flesh, your fruit".
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
"Don't be satisfied with stories,
how things have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth."
Monday, May 13, 2013
New Format for Cinnamon
I'm exciting about starting a new format for this blog:
I will be using the digital visual journal for my posts
and filling the pages as I would any hard copy notebook
with entries about what I'm thinking about.
My first page!
(Click on page for larger image.)
Thursday, May 9, 2013
What It Means To Live In The Layers
Layers: Altered Photo
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus- clouded voice
"Live in the layers,
not in the litter."
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.
I don't know what the poet meant when he talks
about "living in the layers, and not the litter",
but it resonates with me on a very personal level,
a very literal level. I seem to be mired in an accumulation
of years of work, stacked in closets, in drawers, books
and books of collage.I have begun to feel
like an eccentric hoarder living amongst the litter!
Rarely, when someone is
interested in a purchase, I pull out pieces until
one is found that is wanted and given a new home.
I am just not good at self promotion, often try "too hard"
on social media, am not ambitious in the way of
setting ground work for "success" in the material sense
of sales or publications. This blog has not engaged many viewers,
has lacked an active commentary or following,
(even after a four year run),
all of which I accept personal responsibility.
(I am certainly grateful for a few
loyal souls who have given me precious feedback.)
Whatever talent or gift, intention or persistence,
the failure to engage viewers
remains with the artist.
And still I continue making art,
posting my efforts,
year after year, stack after stack.
I've made lots of so/so art, some really bad art
and some good art too.
For me at this point, "living in the layers" means
accepting my process, my lack of personal "sales" drive,
my patient pursuit of providence, my belief that
the art I make is healing for me,
(and just might be for others), my trust that
I will continue to create and use the energy
that I am given, and that being grateful for
doing what I love is important, no matter the short falls,
the trials and errors, the abject failures.
The art matters, I believe that.
It has become my way of being in the world,
it is my life line, my touch stone, the layers of my heart.
If somehow what I do reaches others,
it is not my job to measure or locate what might occur.
What is mine is to do.
Friday, May 3, 2013
We had more snow in April than in all the winter months.
May has brought more snow and now days of rain.
But no matter what it's doing outdoors, I'm painting
with a summer palette!
These two remind me of summer days at the beach.
Bring on the pina colada's!