In the Moment

A lot of things haven’t turned out as we expected this year, which shows how ineffectual expectations are.  But we are in a better place now than any other time this year. The year began on another roller coaster–such is the life of artists.  We’re used to that.  But I was particularly burnt out on most everything.  A number of issues came together to turn us in another direction to market our work.

As a result, for the first time in 20 years we’ve been home all spring and summer without wheeling all over the country for art fairs.  The result has been comforting and restful, though a financial hardship.  We’re sorely in need of a vacation without connection to the outside world and the worries of marketing.  But being home has at least been without the horrendous stress of getting to and from the shows, the stress and danger of set-up and tear-down and the stress of being without our heavenly creatures.

So now that I’m getting the past tucked away and not focusing on the possible nightmare scenarios of the future, I’m coming back to the  center, in the moment.  The creative flow is back.  For a while now it has been momentary and with herky jerky contact, a result of high stress levels and not enough decompression.  It’s a matter of regaining conscious awareness of choosing to do what we do best and having faith that we’ll be carried by the universe to what ever purpose we can serve.

The new work is awesome already and getting better everyday.  We are extending the journey of marrying textures, materials and color. By experimenting with both new materials and new methods with already familiar materials, we are refining the textures.  Deconstruction of the surface to produce more layering has become much more important than in the past.

As a result, we’re looking forward to a schedule of shows beginning with the Memphis Riverarts later this month.  After our break, and armed with new ideas, I’m looking forward once again to shows.  As Robin said just the other day, the art fairs are instant gratification.  And they are–from the moment set-up ends until tear down begins on the last afternoon.  That in-between-time of the actual show is, or at least used to be wonderful….Talking to interesting patrons, selling art, seeing fabulous homes, visiting with artists, seeing some wonderful art and craft and alas eating wonderful food in little bistros.  It was a good time, and it will be again.  Here we come Memphis, Bonita Springs, Miami, Baltimore, St. Paul…….

 

New clay sculptures started

I’ve been chomping at the bit to get back into the clay studio and the news of winning the inside back cover of Art & Beyond Magazine with

Lady Liberty               “Lady Liberty” (left) and also selling “This World Becomes That” (right)This World Becomes That

has given me just the encouragement I need.   Last week I started a new goddess piece.  She’s going to be an Earth Goddess, standing on a globe, title to be determined later.  I’ve gotten to the upper calf on her right leg so far.  It’s going slow since I haven’t practiced this craft enough to build easily and quickly–late starter and all that.  I did  my first clay handbuilding in the early 80’s and just loved it.  I did these abstract organic creations with spikes growing out of openings and raku’d them.  Here’s one of them.

#2After a couple of years I left raku’ behind and didn’t return to clay building until several years ago.  This time around it’s earthenware.  I’m loving the challenge and the feel of working the clay with my hands.  It takes me back to my roots–making mud pies as a child!  I was in a world all my own then, living in the country without playmates (no neighbor kids and my older sisters didn’t want to spend time with “the baby”).  I had a great time with my dog and my mud!  That’s when talking to myself became habitual.

I started another piece yesterday.  This one is quite different.  It’s called “Seeding the Earth” and it’s going to be a clay relief sculpture, a 24″ round disc.  I started the center section today and it’s going well.  I’m looking at this piece as a prototype to test out some of my design ideas and feeling free to do whatever I want.  It’s exciting!  I’m considering whether to place this symbolic shield in between the thighs of an outrageous goddess.  Who?????   Do I want to incorporate the bugs?  I think I do.  We’ll see how it feels as I build.  Got a good start.