The art of unfocused living

 

“We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.”

                                                                                                                                                      – Hildegard Von Bingen

For the past two years I’ve been entirely focused on moving my art in a direction that reflects who I am as an artist and what I enjoy doing as an artist.  My printmaking and textile works have merged nicely, I love my sculptural pieces, I’m happy with my evolving technical skills and with the amount of knowledge that I have gained about the local art world.  It’s all been great.

This year I am shifting my focus.  Well, is that right?  Can you call becoming unfocused shifting your focus?  My point is, and I do have one, I am going to spend more time playing. More time trying new things. More time making mistakes. I’m going to work less on “showpieces” and more on samples.

I’m going to organize my home, my studio and my online store presence. By taking the time to do these things I am hoping that a lessening of stress in these areas of my life will allow me to be more creative when I take the time for art.

And I’m going to get my knee fixed.  Being in constant pain is the biggest stressor of all.  Knowing that when I sit down to stitch, it is going to be difficult to stand up.  Having to miss art walks because it hurts too much to walk.  Not good.

I’m excited about the year ahead.  It’s going to be awesome!

seagull

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