ask myself if the piece is "singing." Sometimes, I will search and search until I find the right color orcombination of materials and then something starts to happen that I like. Other times, I will feel that Ihave not gotten to where I want, and I will start all over. It helps to work on several pieces at once. Ifind as I put attention on one piece, I can be problem solving on another piece I am not directly working on. I always tell people, "This looks easy, but it is not."
Have you ever seen a work of art and thought, "I wish I had done that..."?
Yes, this happens constantly. I have many friends that are artists that I have known for a longtime, and I often think "I wish I had done that" when I see their latest works. I fell in love with DaleChihuly's red glass creations when I first saw them. I loved how each piece of blown glass wasdifferent, and how they could be assembled differently each time they were put up. Today I just saw apiece by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry in the SAQA newsletter that I love.
In his memoirs, Ernest Hemingway famously describes the starting point of each of hisworks: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” Howdoes this idea apply to your own art?
Right now, right here, I am slowing down to see the world in gratitude and beauty. I haveloosened the bonds of knowing to allow not-knowing, surprise, rawness, and bounty. I am listeningfor the speech of birds, the language of flowers, the wisdom of clouds to inform me. The world is a vast and mysterious and wonderful place, and I am trying to meet it and let it change the way I seemyself. In my art, there is a journey into a new land that I am constantly embarking upon, a universeI have not yet visited.