When there is art asking to be created from my hands, the minutia of my life loses its significance. I would rather sit with my paint and my hands and my clipping and collaging and assemblaging and photography than almost anything else.
And then there is my beloved writing, my anchor art, which I spoke of devoting myself to more yesterday, which I did. In fact, my art for the day was to create the cover for my next journal as this month’s journal is almost filled… well, it was actually a six week journey in my last journal which is a tad bit frustrating. Too much time to not have written as many words as I would like…. but the reason is simple.
Too much administrivia! Yuck! Or perhaps it is better stated like this: “I have difficulty with the administrative because of my lack of management with all the paper-blechyness.”
I did manage to write a poem which you can find here and I started a couple essays. I used my timer technique which worked well.
I am still catching up with the minutia today - on a treadmill of to-do’s that stretches behind me like the waves left behind by a motor boat going much faster than it probably should.
I keep thinking I will catch up. Today, yes – is the day to get closer.
I did get closer yesterday, actually – I should affirm myself there. Today, I am staying home. Since I will not be doing any running around during the day, the pile should diminish.
To inspire myself, I started collecting some quotes this morning, too – focusing on women artist’s when I went to a general quote site and the artist quotes were almost universally men. GRRRRR! Here are some quotes and I will twitter others throughout the next several days. Quotes inspire me, especially in my writing.
It will be interesting to see if collecting these quotes will have an impact on my visual art, since I have never been as into creating visual art as I have been in this November’s adventure in Art Every Day Month.
“Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is "to fit together" and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating - whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.”
“The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.”
- Joan Miro
“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
“Sometimes the painting starts to relate very directly to either sights seen or experiences felt, other times it just goes off on a tangent that you really can’t articulate.
“With Pastel you don't have the brush between you and the surface. Your hand is making the picture. It's almost like being a sculptor. You are making the person. It?s very tactile. And lovely because it's very difficult, learning what colours to use together to make shadows and so on? it's wonderful to do, to rub your hand over.”
I relate to each of these quotes, but my focus today will be on the first quote by Corita Kent, who painted the best selling postage stamp in the
Please, feel free to take one of these quotes and create from it.. or take all of them or check twitter for quote updates.
Perhaps tomorrow my hands will be alive with wise words? Hmmm. Intriguing thought… *laughter*