I've been in overdrive, rushing from project to project ... all projects that I love and want to do ... but little, if any, blank space in between the doing of them. Even finding time to blog has been challenging. I didn't realize it but early fall is a very busy art time ... new shows, exhibits, applications, inventory production, marketing materials, and so on and so on. The themes of the shows are inspiring and challenging:
Our Wild Lands
Singing the Blues
The Emperor's New Clothes
But, I need to relax into this busyness so I decided to sit quietly with a glass of ice tea and write this and share a piece I made for one of the shows: "Singing the Blues." The primary image for this piece comes from an outdoor concert I attended recently. The guy is actually playing the harmonica and I loved his expression and the distorted color. He is surrounded with an image I created years ago as an assignment for a photography class. We built our own mirror kaleidoscope and took pictures through it. It made remarkable images. If you want to try it, it's just 3 long strips of mirror taped together to make a triangle ... with the mirror side on the inside.
Maybe I'm not completely out of balance ... I sat here yesterday afternoon when it got too hot to be rushing around and put this image together. It didn't come together easily. I pushed and it pulled. I tweaked and it rebelled. Time leaked away and suddenly it was time to walk the dogs, but it had arrived at this state and I decided I liked it.
Maybe the question is this: is making art "doing" ... or "being?" I guess it could be either. All I know is how much it nourishes me.