Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Horse of a Different Color


After a very long hiatus I've begun painting again. After art school, basically life took over. First came love, then came marriage and then of course a baby in the baby carriage. I've worked on things here and there...projects which I hope will lead to a series but will kind of dwindle out after a few paintings but I'm hoping this time I will stick with it. I'm really excited about them. I'm trying to get away from my previous proclivities toward figurative painting and go fully abstract...find a new vocabulary.

So, about a month ago Hare and I watched Dream of Life - a documentary film about Patti Smith...this film had a big impact on me. I've loved and felt a kinship to Patti Smith for a long time...her music, poetry, photography and paintings - the film really let you see into her life, her creative process, her influences. It wasn't one of these bland documentaries with some narrator spouting off facts about the person's life. The filmmaker followed her for about ten years so it's basically Patti on Patti. Anyway, my point was that it really motivated and inspired me. The fact that she was able to take a long break from her work to devote her time to her family and not completely lose herself is very comforting. Also, she reminded me of my former self...a person who was fearless, that didn't worry about what others thought of them...or afraid to make mistakes so to speak. To get lost in the process of creating...to not worry about the final product but just have fun, experiment, try something new...I had forgotten how to do that but I think I'm starting to remember.

Another thing...I came upon this blog (makeandmeaning.com) somehow today...I forget what led me to it, and read a number of articles but this one in particular really struck a chord with me, as I was composing this post in my head, it's called PUSH and is basically about being real. You would think that it's a fairly simple thing to do...but for me in my travels through adulthood and adolescence, for that matter, I have found that sometimes this is a hard thing to do...we have so many expectations, self-made or otherwise, and perceptions of how we think others want us to be. But, you should always be yourself...enter Camp Rock music here. I'm going to be myself and go to bed now.

P.S. Click on my flickr below to see more painting pics!

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