sweep out the old and invite in the new
This evening I sat looking at the blank paper, thinking that I have no ideas, no particular ambition, nothing really to say with my art. This first hurdle is where the inner critics can get off a clear shot, before I get absorbed or distracted by lines and colors. They often speak the loudest when I am most tired or over-extended.
After 10 years of practice, I am able eventually to just pick something up and start making marks, and see where it goes, so I did that. But after 10 years of practice I still often have that anxious moment before a blank sheet of paper. Time and practice may not change who I am, but they have given me more tools for dealing with the things I fear or worry about.
This practice of making and sharing daily drawings has been an adventure, a kind of journal of self-discovery. I try to keep making what pleases me, without tailoring it to please some real or imagined audience. And yet, I have so much gratitude to those people who follow my art-making, and have encouraged me with their responses. I am aware of this web of friends, who balance out the voices of my inner critics.
As we sit in this season between years and between decades, the darkest time (or brightest, depending upon your hemisphere!) I wish you all courage, persistence, resilience, and the time and will to do the things that give your life the most joy and meaning.
I probably should credit (or blame) Berk Breathed for this one, his mythical basselope must have infected my dreams.
I am about to leave town (and studio) to spend a week in Toronto at the Parliament of World’s Religions. I expect to be busy and will give myself permission to miss days of drawing if I have to. Whatever I come back with, I’ll post after the first week of November, and then resume regular posting.
Now is a wonderful time to be at the biggest interfaith gathering in the world. Peace and blessings on us all.