one more trip around the sun
i want to feel as if we are entering a new era with the end of this year, but, as hopeful as i want to be, i feel in a state of suspension. not enough of 2020 has been resolved. let’s do our best this year, and check back with each other in six months or so. i am hopeful, if not quite optimistic.
curly dock tips
fireworks for new year’s eve
i read a lot, i especially like artists diaries, writings, and biographies. over the years, i have become very jealous of artists who were part of, in the middle of, artisitc movements: impressionists of the late 1800s, the cubists of 1920, and the abstract expressionists of the 1940s. the idea of being part of something significant like that sounded romantic. well, 202o certainly was significant. and it sure wasn’t romantic. great art movements often follow on the heels of great tragedy (the circumstances that enabled the 1920s, and 1940’s art movements were in large part created by the two world wars). i wonder what will come, artistically, as a result of 2020? i wonder if i will be a part of it? i wonder if i will want to. or if it will want me.
dried goatsbeard seedheads (salsisfy)
on working intuitively
after all the commotion of the holidays, i am clearly craving simplicity. without even being aware of it, i have created nothing but spare images ever since. i wonder, has STILL has become a place where i retreat to work out my subconscious needs? it would make sense–it repetitive, it’s ritualistic, it’s intuitive, it’s quiet, it’s mine. so, if you’re ever wondering how i am doing, look at today’s STILL image. it may not say it all, but it sure says a lot.
my husband is a writer. he has a long list of forbidden words–words like stunning, awesome, lovely, fierce, and god forbid, dance. he calls them lazy words. those words your mind grabs first when it trying to say something quickly, but that are so overused as to have become meaningless. so, when i say that angelica is magnificent. i really mean it. i’m choosing that word carefully.
angelica in winter
the space between
do you see forking angelica stems here, or do you see white polygons divided by angelica stem borders? do you positive space? or negative space? i am evenly divided.
angelica stem detail