18 March 2013

more surrender


I've just completed an intense studio run that has lasted nearly four months.

Every spare moment has been consumed with working toward great projects and goals that I've longed for, things I've wanted in the deepest parts of my Artist self. And today I stepped back and took stock of what all I have done.

My breath caught and I felt...complete.

I told myself that when I was done, I would take a break. Treat myself to a vacation. But what I'm finding is my mind pulls toward my print table and all I can see is the paint flowing steadily into containers while I dream of new colors to mix.



The soft fluid movement of the pigment as it so easily adapts to it's new surroundings. A behavior I seek to learn in my own life, to be so accepting of change.

I want to see what it will show me next, almost like a gypsy's fortune telling crystal ball - it knows where I will go before I do. It keeps me tied to it, wanting more.

A break would mean time away from the threads and frayed edges, the stack of colors and possiblity.



No, I don't want a break. I want more making, more connection, more surrender. I feel almost desperate at the idea of being away from it. My studio practice has become so bold, entwining itself so deeply into my life that I cannot break away.

I do not think I would have it any other way.



5 comments:

Gexton said...

awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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HollyM said...

Sometimes our art is our vacation. I look forward to seeing some of your work.

Gisela Towner said...

What a beautiful post...

Regina Dunn said...

We are so very lucky to be able to spend time doing what our hearts lead us to do.

tiedyejudy said...

Sounds like you are right where you are supposed to be, doing what you need to do! Vacations are to get away from what we must do, but not necessarily what we need to do, you know? I haven't had much of a break for the past few years, because I keep finding things I want to do. The studio is in constant chaos, then I clean it, then chaos returns, but I'm happy. It's what I have always wanted, and it sounds like you're in the same zone, so I hope you get great joy from all the time you are spending there!