Day #27:  These mini-gardens are one of my favorite past times. I carefully choose each plant and pot, and then each one is decorated in some way. It could be colorful rocks, a forest friend, something that inspires a story, an abstract story. They are places of meditation, a source of quiet inspiration when the mind needs a rest. Each one is incredibly important to my daily art practice, because your environment will influence your work. What is absolute in other creatives’ creative environments?

Manifest Maintenance #13

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A la, Great Wall of Laundry. I’m not sure why I wait so long to do laundry. It could very well be because I am a procrastinator extraordinaire. Although I do have to admit, in the daily grind of maintaining, it feels like I really accomplished something to see these tall stacks in all their glory. Plus I really enjoy making stacks and sorting by person, garment, drawer of origin, so perhaps it is partly the compulsion to feed the machine inside.  

Day #25:  Pulp, paper of the books of fairy stories, as are the mushrooms. That is what I lovingly told my nieces. We discovered this dense population of large mushrooms, which sprang from the earth overnight, under my car. I couldn’t resist but tell them to approach slowly and Do Not Disturb!  This is where fairies live. A couple days later they started to turn brown and disappear. One of my nieces was pretty upset, but I said, “Fairies are flying creatures. They like to travel and enjoy living in many different places.” Oh the stories we tell, and often we never know exactly how meaningful or needed they are. 

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Day #24:  Art is all about perspective, as is language, as are all things man created. As we filter the world through our minds, the container of experience, drastic changes and unimaginable results can appear.  There is no one shared perspective only a meeting ground called understanding.  Art as language is the sharing and receiving of perceptions. Beauty in art is the chance of understanding another’s perspective. When viewing art I remind myself that experience is our lens and adjusting the lens is working towards understanding.

Day #23:  Restless energy, boredom, all energies that would otherwise be wasted can be channeled into productive experimentation. Doodling is the name of the visual form, but all kind of actions or expenditures of energy in my book are “doodles”.  Humming. Cooking with Odds-n-Ends. Impromptu Jig. Concentrative Meditation. So waste not-want not, and get your doodle on! High-res

Day #23:  Restless energy, boredom, all energies that would otherwise be wasted can be channeled into productive experimentation. Doodling is the name of the visual form, but all kind of actions or expenditures of energy in my book are “doodles”.  Humming. Cooking with Odds-n-Ends. Impromptu Jig. Concentrative Meditation. So waste not-want not, and get your doodle on!

Manifest Maintenance #12

I know there will be something I need, or have been looking, for in this box! From artworks to important paperwork to equipment this box was a catch all for a studio move.  Now it is time to empty the sucker out, and maybe there will be some items I can take to the thrift shop or give away.  When you move from one space to another, there are so many things you find you don’t need anymore. Empty those boxes = Treasure for friends or strangers!image

Manifest Maintenance #11

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Today I would like to discuss the condition, self-named, Painter’s Fridge. Now this commonly happens in the houses of painters.  When you have a great deal of paint and you do not want to throw it out, you put it in the fridge so that it will keep.  However this paint has been in the cold box for TOO long. I’ll be opening, sorting, and painting textured backgrounds on birch panels with this left over paint.  What do you use your left overs for?