Friday, May 8, 2009

Thoughts on Art and Life

Spheres, circles, cycles, beginnings, endings, change, growth, connecting...............spheres/made of many circles connecting to other circles which have beginnings and endings

Life, art, love, joy, gratitude, energy, wisdom........things to ponder.

Art and life, side by side. When I think about art I realize that without it my life would look very different. Art - line, shape, form, color, texture, and space - Understanding these concepts is important because..........if my senses are intact, I need to be able to use them well. Having knowledge and some kind of understanding about color, shape, texture, line, form, and how to use space/how to fill space.........I have a better 'quality of life.' For example; as soon as I swing my legs over the side of my bed and open my eyes I find myself in a three dimensional world full of color, texture, line, shape, etc; when I write a letter, the person I write to may get some idea of how I feel, not only by the words I use, but by the way I write/how intensely I put the letter on the page. If I am angry, my writing looks different than when I am relaxed and happy; as I ready myself to go out into the world for the day, the way I choose to dress, put on my make-up [or not], do my hair [or not], says something about me and what I want others to know about me.

Art is not just about something someone does for money, it is one person's way to express him/herself. That expression tells others about me [the artist] or at least the viewer sees what I want them to see [or not]. As an artist I put what I want to.........on to a page, into a piece of sculpture, through words on a page, or into a piece of music; that is me. I want you to see what you see, to interpret my art your way. I won't tell you what to see or to think...........when I am done creating - it's your turn.............what do you see? Enjoy or not, but feel it in the moment.

Human beings use these skills all the time, they just don't talk about them.

Live with intention - Create beauty - Embrace the positive - Let the rest go

Same view, different day, different sky!

It's been a while since I visited. It is such a nice day I decided to give you another view of my favorite view! It's warming up here in the Valley and although you see some snow up on the top of the mountain; we are enjoying sunshine and warmth........we are greening up! I'll tell you....this place is amazing; the views are beautiful and ever changing - time of day, weather conditions, time of year, the sky is awesome!
Since I left my full-time job I feel much like the views around my home; same view, different day! There is a lot to be said for familiarity; there is comfort in being in a familiar setting, there is comfort in the 'sweet spot' in my favorite chair, there is security in knowing what needs to be done as well as knowing I can and will get it done.

This lovely vase is one of my favorite things and now I get to enjoy it! It was create for us, a gift and a treasure!

It feels good - not to work - so hard that I drop into my chair when I return home. I feel creative energy coming back into me, my being........ I love spending time in this lovely space with a lovely man; laughing, playing scrabble and gin or petting a dog; but mostly I love actually being there in those moments without the worry of what I will be doing tomorrow.... because what I do now is what I know; it is who I am. I don't have to be perfect or right and.............. I don't have to know everything. I just create and move forward....... I am living my it my way.

This is my design; my fundamental beliefs are:

Live with intention, create beauty, embrace the positive, let the rest go. I wish for you what you wish for yourself; design a life that works for you and enjoy!