“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot
Based on reactions to my earlier writings, it seems I’m not the only one here who has tried to be perfect. In some ways, “perfect” is not difficult to imitate. In fact, it’s usually easy to imagine the requirements of “perfect” in whatever particular niche your local self is in, and put that on for the world to see. Many of us started doing that about the same time we started elementary school.
“But nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great, ever came out of imitations. The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen
Becoming yourself IS so much more difficult. There are no blueprints, plans, YouTubes or infographics...
I’m now close to completing my 5th sketch book…some of it’s pretty, some of it is not. It is a record of my journey to-date as an artist. When I first started drawing, I did almost everything in the sketch book – it was easy and convenient, and it fit into my purse, making it very portable.
I showed my sketch book to an admired artist friend, who acted as if I was sharing the most intimate secrets, “you’re letting me see your most private stuff, like your private thoughts,” telling me it was a privilege that I was sharing with her. Here I was asking for feedback and here she was flattering me for trusting her with my work, inviting me to a larger understanding of what it means to be an artist. I don’t recall the feedback so much as the comradery and a sense of a larger welcome into the world of art.
This is one of the prettier pieces. I don't have a clue what it means, it just sort of evolved over a few days when I left the book open on the table and added to it periodically.
“Every artist is a philosopher who records images rather than words.” --Jess Freher-Lyons
Movement and transformation are persistent themes in my work. I didn’t actually reach this observation all by myself. My husband, Jess, brought it up in passing one day, assuming I was already aware of it. I wasn’t exactly...
An echo is a close parallel or repetition of an idea, feeling, or style. Here it’s a way to explore slight rhythmic nuances; some subtle, some not so much.
“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.” –Isaac Bashevis Singer
I think art pretty much has to be unique...it flows through your chosen instrument onto your chosen surface, your colors, your lines. That flow must incorporate some essence of you, your experiences, your mental/emotional contacts of the subject. How could it not?
When I first created this piece, I sat down with no real intent or purpose to create an underwater seascape, but there is something archetypal about this picture that calls to me…reflective of a state of mind; maybe something from the subconscious, or our collective mind, that makes me want to explore more.
Although I don’t spend as much time now waiting for medical appointments as I did during cancer treatment, I’m rarely ever without drawing materials. At my last check-up, the young medical technician admired the piece I was working on, “Mother of Grace”, and showed me how similar some of the design was to her tattoo. She said she’d love to have something like this piece for her next tattoo. So I asked her if she’d like to make a photocopy of it to take to her tattoo parlor. She was thrilled and asked me to sign it for her. I was thrilled she liked the piece so much that she’d want it permanently on her body.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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