Sorting Through (Thank you, Dawn!)

Recently, one of my students, a 16 year old boy,
passed away. Heartbreaking. That, along with
work obligations, and a gnawing feeling of
disconnect from other artists, have put my art-
making on the back burner for a few weeks.
The dreaded back burner can fester some scary
blisters or incubate some great ideas.

For me, creating a body of work for exhibition
should not be done in complete isolation. Some
feedback from peers is so essential. And, I am
so grateful that I saw fellow artist and art
teacher, Dawn Rossbach, this week for some
badly needed feedback about my recent work
for the August exhibit Spaces-in-Between. 

And now, instead of starting new paintings
and over-painting on existing ones, I am
digitally playing with parts of my painted
images with the Layout app, exploring the
forms and colors, and finding some of the
threads that connect the work.

A body of work is a story. My exhibit is my
story, but like life, it cannot be all planned
out. It must be lived.

"We are made to create. We feel useful when we
create. We release our 'stuckness' when we 
create. We reinvent our lives, tell new stories,
and rebuild communities when we create. We
reclaim our esteem, our muse, and our hope 
when we create." Pamela Slim, from Body of
Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your 
Story Together.

The threads that tie my work together are
appearing: blues, oranges, motion and patterned
lines, doors, wolves, dots, land forms, water,
thresholds and other spaces in between.