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Indestructible

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to move out of my studio space last week and found it deeply depressing. It felt like a large step backwards in my dream of a self-sustained artist. I was at a loss, looking at all my materials jumbled up and no longer standing in their own space. Now my art supplies are dispense over three rooms and a hallway in my house. It took me several trips to get everything from my studio to my house, and each one felt like a retreat. I guess that's what happens when you step out on a limb. The next day however, as I began to reorganize my supplies, I felt hopeful again. I will not stop making art. This is a minor set back in the scheme of things. One of my all time favorite quotes is from Picasso.

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.

 

We artist are not like normal people. I don't mean to say that with pretention, but our carreers require a certain amount of tenacy you won't see in other fields. Very few careers are referred to as the "starving," like artists are, and perhaps it's because people of other professions will not suffer the empty stomach to hold to their career. The artist works for the love of what they do. I make art because I cannot stop making art. Even if I never saw a money from it, I would not stop.

New Work

Dropped of some new work this week to go into a show in Dover, NH. It was good to have a deadline to work towards! I do very well with deadlines. I need to sit down and self assign some to make sure I stay motivated. I know when I'm making art, it's what I am supposed to be doing. I just have to quiet myself to get to that place.

This is an image of a few different parts of different pieces. I am quite pleased with how they turned out! A couple of them I worked on all summer, trying to get them to the place where I was satisfied. My favorite part is making the transfer onto glass. That's the magical moment when everything comes together. The digital become physical, and my interaction with the work changes accordingly. It was a lot of frustration and work ot get this process worked out, but it has definitely been worth it.

 

Day Two

So, this site has been up an entire day and with it, a great feeling of self accomplishment. I would have done this years ago had I realized how satisfying it could be. I'm going to try to keep this blog purely artistic, which will be difficult since there is a significant overlap between who I am and what I do. I will give it the old college try though! Here's an image from my studio space. I was playing around with untraditional hanging styles. Not sure I'll go with it for my next show, but maybe eventually, when my body of work is more significant. I like the idea of layering art work and I think it would work well with my art, because I layer things in my art.

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