Monday, September 05, 2016

Is it Art if No One Sees It?

Multi-legged doll...more secure standing, but try going anywhere. The image just came to me
Neil Gaiman: “We all — adults and children, writers and readers — have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.”

My two nudes from this week--I feel that I worked the top one too much

It's always tricky knowing when to stop...the only way to tell is to try and fail...or succeed

“The world of play favors exuberance, license, abandon. [In it,] selves can be revised” Diane Ackerman “Most forms of play involve competition, against oneself or others, and test one’s skills, cunning, or courage. One might even argue that all play is a contest of one sort or another. The adversary may be a mountain, a chess-playing computer, or an incarnation of evil. To play is to risk: to risk is to play.”

An Ancestor piece with photo printed on silk, Dad's birthday, probably by a railroad track, when Steve and I were little. The train cake remained a tradition for many years. Yellow cake with nuts. When the family was young and poor, he took us along on his adventures. We settled in Iowa so he could travel in either direction to photo trains...he was a good role model for following my heart.
 With my current freedom that comes with retirement, my competition is to keep finding activities that are important to me and keep pursuing them. I like making art to see what will come out.


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