Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Slapstick 12/6/17

A favorite story:

When my son Jay was maybe 14 or so, I dropped him off at a local fishing hole one evening. On my way home I was aware of the many twists and turns my train of thought took as I drove, and I wondered where Jay's thoughts might meander while he fished. When I picked him up I asked.

Mom: Jay, what kinds of things did you think about while you were fishing?

Jay: Fishing.

Mom: Well, yeah, but what else did you think about?

Jay:  I studied the surface of the water to see where fish might be.

Mom: But what else?

Jay: Fishing.

I was incredulous.

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When I paint, every now and then I experience that same grace of focus and flow. I pick up my fishing pole and study the surface of the water to see where the fish might be.

I had a few such moments today.

Hearing My Inner Voice Over the Cacophony
4x5"; acrylic, grease pencil, and collage on paper,
mounted on card stock
abstract
2017
$40

Favorite orientation?




10 comments:

  1. Jay was in flow! I also get that sometimes while painting, and also while doing yardwork. The perfect act of presence. Favorite orientation? Number 2, vertical. Love!

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    1. Jay WAS in flow! I was totally gobsmacked at the time. Thanks for the vote on #2. It's fun to see what different beholders are drawn to.

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  2. It's wonderful to get in the zone! you are there painint and nothing else matters.Love that time! My fav is the also vertical but the last one. I love the upward movement. Love this series!

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    1. Carol, I am loving this series also—it's perhaps the most engaging and organically magnetic I've painted. Love getting the votes on favorite orientation. I think I will not sign any pieces in this series on the front, thereby leaving the option for collectors to choose their directionality of preference.

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  3. I'm glad you were in a flow! I love the small pieces of printed paper!

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    1. I'm glad for flow each and every time! The print collage is fun, isn't it? Additionally so because it comes from a publication at Landmark school where Dave and I have a long and active (Dave works there) connection.

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  4. Love that story, and what you have added here. I like the last one. There seems to be upward and forward movement.
    Also I see an abstracted face.Triangular red lips, face with a black, I mean dark not bruised, eye. Wearing a tall brown hat. Gives me a spiritual feeling, a wise man/woman. An elder. maybe it is the season influencing that. Love this!!!

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    1. Well, I am just totally loving that I am painting cubist faces without even knowing so. I literally could not ask for better in my current daily painting practice! Thanks for your super feedback and superhero vision, Sheila.

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