The Spirit of the Time is Now
As you may have noticed, I have not updated my site much since the 2018 new year-- although I have diligently been working creatively in the studio painting and making art just about every day in some capacity. I am excited about what is happening in my work and in my studio space. It is helpful that my work as an art therapist fuels me to continue to do the work on my personal artwork and often I am making art and witnessing my clients make in sessions and simply it is in my nature, to share in the creative act of art making. I am surrounded by creation unyielding and looking for the life of beauty and its expression mindfully— and I am noticing more and more in my practice and becoming graciously aware of the miracle of each day.
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My reason for being digitally absent varies and grows every day. I’ve gone dark, so to speak. I took a personal vow to myself and to my art to eliminate social media use for an infinite amount of time. I have found that my focus has significantly shifted into an overflowing cup of possibilities since my eyes are no longer checking on screens and voyeur on my social media sites. My eyes rest upon what's happening right in front of me and life just feels more authentic to me and I am ever more present than I had not experienced in awhile. It’s been good since I picked up this practice or way of being. To clarify, I still have the social media accounts, but I am not active on them and I simply choose not to log onto them or engage in them-- leaving behind no digital footprint. I am always looking for ways to grow and expand as an individual, as an artist and as an art therapist and leaving the spectacle of social media has helped me live life fuller with even more flavor with more to offer myself and others.
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Since I have eliminated my digital platform and not sharing my recent art on the internet something is truly something that has fed the spirit of my own creativity and my work ferociously. I have noticed that my art experience and art making becoming more fruitful with a new kind of quality and potency— in my efforts to create art that could be shared (in person before posted anywhere) someday in the near future (2019) for a solo-art exhibition at an undecided gallery location. (!!!!!!!!)
It is one of my longings and greatest wishes to create art that can be considered newish, immortal, authentic and can never be recreated! Art that invites viewers to have eyes lay upon it in person (real time)…not on screen. It beckons to be experienced before it is discarded in the slide of your finger tip or a tap of a button. And that IS the story.
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
To give you a briefing about my current work in which does not have many words yet. I have just been working fluidly and there is a consciousness happening without a spoken language. I have been working on wood and on canvas painting with untamed color palette of acrylics, mostly! They could be considered abstract impressionistic with some structural thought and design. To place words to them prematurely would only contradict them. The words will follow when the artwork is ready. A process I have learned to trust. Nonetheless, I am excited about these pieces that are moving and transforming from one piece to the next kind of faithfully and blindly following wherever it is taking me because I know it is beautiful to be with it and quite possibly profound....and, well perhaps mundane as well-- when I reveal, when it unfolds it’s essence.
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My hope is to thank you for honoring human privacy in your own life and in others lives. There is so much transparency and exploitation in today via internet and on the screens. The humblebrags and facades that is mind-numbingly consume from social media and everywhere in the news media. The contradiction of sharing so much of ourselves via internet can leave us feeling even more isolated and disconnected in attempts to connect. I feel, think and sens deeply especially my artist self expression and I will find a place/Avenue where it is appropriate to express them--and there is nothing more beautiful than when it is expressed in the intimacy of ‘real-time’ art.
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This M.O. has sparked me to cover up a bit, incubate and paint with all else protecting this unique intimacy that is my life! The human-ness is to be protected as a gifted treasure, the discernment to decide what to share and what to keep just for yourself or with those dearest to you.
I look forward when I can share this new series of paintings and works with you in the fullness of dignity and in awesome celebration! If only, my hope is it will be a connection made in the warmness of the moment in PRESENCE…either me or my painting. *praying hands*
Looking forward to connecting soon-- perhaps in "real-time."
Keep your Mystery...
P.S. In the meantime, please stay tuned for my Column, Playground Rules & Phyisic at https://tersejournal.com/author/birdsintheattics/where I publish my poetry, mini-essays, prose and art! Enjoy :)