I was finishing this post on the day I left for SC and VT, so just slapped the images up in a hurry. It was a wonderful trip. Now that I'm home, I'll add captions. See pictures from my trip on my other blog: http://www.hotflashwomen.blogspot.com
Wisdom from beyond the grave
I subscribed to
Painterskeys.com many years ago when Robert Genn was alive, and I still
receive the emails today, with his daughter, Sara, carrying on the tradition.
This week’s message was
about finding yourself again in art/writing, though it can easily apply to all
forms of art work and creativity, and starting, as well as getting back to the work.
Children seem to find an uncensored joy in
creating that can be snuffed by parents or teachers who see the time spent playing with creativity
|I've been doing a series of mixed media nudes based on life drawings I've done|
|The 12" x 12" size and relatively cheap materials allow me to play and experiment without worrying about waste|
|A sculpture I did from a sketch in one of my books, 14" tall|
|I continue to be attracted to using soft sculpture to express movement|
|A 3" version of one of the nudes above. As an exercise, I'm using small layering experiments as a base for the nudes|
wasted…as some of the members of my book group didn’t understand how Patti and
Robert could find inspiration sitting on a bed together drawing and playing
with trash, words, ideas…
“…You destroyed your stuff
because your discipline was external. You must now internalize your discipline.
Actually, this adolescent action-reaction is commonplace. While many flames are
permanently snuffed, they need not be. Some folks figure it out and end up
how they do it:
a writing hour for every single day
whatever holds your interest or takes your fancy
you can’t think of anything to write, write anyway.
for no other reason than to give yourself joy.
in the wisdom of all your fallow or waste.
your spare time read the admired writing of others.
you think you’re getting it right, rewrite it.
your efforts only with a trusted friend.
for the gleams of personal style and go there.
yourself to fall in love with the process.
your work for your benefit as you go.
this program some honest effort for a six week period
swear on half a dozen early editions of
you will find yourself again.
In my recent Urge to Purge,
I need to NOT throw away too much.
Robert’s advice applies to
any creative or driven person
I was reminded today in
reading Vermont Life
The mycologist who makes his
living as a lawyer
My years working in health
I kept quitting each time I
stockpiled enough money
To work on my art til the
money ran out…
That was an old craft fair
I guess I’m lucky that I
stayed with the Day Job
Til I could afford to retire
at the end of 2013
Now my job is full-time
But in not having too much
I must keep enough
To remind me
Of who I am.
Off to Vermont...More detail next week.