I decided today is the day I will start sharing my experiences.
I begin with what I know best. My path to creating art has always been based on inquiry. While in my studio today I was thinking of all the individuals I know that practice and live art. I wondered how they are doing and if they are going through similar challenges as I go through. What solutions do they use for distraction or loneliness. Yes loneliness! I am in a space with the things I make and the tools I use to make these objects. It is a place of creation. I get to play Dr. frankenstein while the rest of the world is working hard in a 9-5pm or living life, which in itself is hard enough. Make no assumptions making objects is difficult.
I guess this loneliness comes with the territory of moving from one state to another. The search for an art community or a few friends in the place I have chosen to call home takes time. The last time we moved it nearly took a year in a half to get set up(studio) and make a hand full of friends. Two years to enjoy this life and now back to square one. I guess you can sense the frustration in that.
My solution to deal with this is to get out into the community as much as possible. Go to art related events and openings. Maybe I can meet people that way. Slow but "baby steps" as they say. I know what this means now, as we have a ten month old and she is beginning to stand from crawling. All so slow but fast if you look at the big picture.
I sift through names and faces of artist in my head while making numerous cuts on a piece of teak using the bandsaw. The music I have playing in the studio fades and Andres Chaparro comes to mind. I went to his art opening Thursday july 11, 2013 and was transported into his world at least for a few minutes. His paintings are vibrant and musical. Everything about them speaks of the inspiration of music and how music enters the physical world. I could feel the brush strokes and movement Andres took to manipulate the material. It was an intense energy carefully channeled into overlaying colors and marks. The natural sense of chaos is evident. Although there were other topics intertwined in the anatomy of the paintings I could feel the music in my head. This was a wonderful experience. I spoke with Andres briefly and had to wrap up my visit as my wife, daughter and dog were in the car parked half a block from the gallery. Our daughter was sleeping and we chose not to disturb her sleep. She needed the rest as we were visiting family and she stayed awake the whole entire time.
Experiences inspire me to move forward in my pursuit to make things and live an enriching life. I realize I have to keep having more healthy experiences. I imagine an unhealthy experience can delay the feeling of accomplishment or success even if in the end it makes you stronger. This is all in the timeline of we call life. I hope you have a wonderful experience today.