Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Since I'm having trouble even writing this thing I'll just plunge in and hope for the best. All of you more savvy in this tech world can chime in and help me figure it out.

I'm an artist I write with a pen and ink; I work with hand and intuition, while technology is fabulous and I embrace it, it still seems redundant when you can quickly paint a painting or draw a line.

I've always said "know your tools" and this is one I will master to "include" in my repertoire of tools.

Today is a mingling day for me I get out of my house/studio and actually mingle with, of all things, people. My friends are mostly artists so I'm having lunch with an artist friend we don't talk about art too much but we discuss technical things about the process. I find I speak this language fluently. Talking art was a lot of fun even in school I had to find my niche with the "unusual" classmates who didn't quite fit in. We could discuss artsy fartsy stuff and be perfectly understood. I'm sure there is a niche for every one if we just search for them. Some of my friends believe they are ethereal thinkers, different from all of us; but in reality we are all the same. We are simply people who have intuition for tactile elements of our existence. We are the ones who must touch sculpture or look deeply into a piece of work that is layered or molded with emotion. We express our "selves" through our color and stroke with the feelings even we are not aware of at the time. I'm always amazed at someone else's interpretation of my work. I paint for the sheer joy of process. It thrills me on so many levels that when I'm finished I feel completed.

And after lunch today I can become my hermit-like self for a few days, do my work and begin again. I'm preparing for another show in May also I'm preparing to sell my house; therefore I have to contradictory things happening. Messing about in the studio and cleaning it for sale. That's the life we choose we are always in some sort of Yin and Yang of it. Conflict makes art.

These Blogs are fascinating little tools one can talk about oneself all day long and no one can interrupt. Don't you think that's fascinating? I don't really talk about myself so much as I talk about the art. Me talking about doing the art is only done in workshops I conduct or lessons I teach.

In concluding today's missive I feel as if I've written a page in my latest short story or poem or even painted a bit on the work I'm doing in the studio. It's very relaxing too, talking about what we know. Isn't It?

Please comment on this or any other blogs I write and ask any questions you might have that can help you perform your art. Your process is always interesting, your discipline is essential and your dedication is lifelong. Don't ever neglect your "self". Thanks for reading. SR

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