• A year of creation

    The most important thing I created this year was baby "Coco."  Surprisingly though, I also began creating in other ways: making new pieces of art, taking more photos and generally using the right side of my brain again.  It will take me a long while to get any skills back, but I'm just glad to be back in it.  

    I'm hoping my kids will take an interest in art too.  Because, I'm afraid their generation is going to really struggle with creativity and authenticity (more on that below).  I have G help me with paintings and projects when I can.  He's learned to use various palette knives, how to mix colors, etc.  Kids are the greatest with color.  Possibly because they don't overthink it.  I, on the other hand, am a master overthinker.  

    Anyway, I thought I would share a couple of our "creations" from 2014 with hopes it will motivate me to keep going.  Sharing anything creative has always been difficult.  For instance, I have written about 50 poems that have never been read by anyone but me.  There are thousands of photos on our hard drive.  So, this blog is definitely forcing me out of my comfort zone.

    I took a long break from art in general.  Here is one big reason why I need it back... this is an excerpt from the book Gone Girl that is disturbing because it's completely true:

    "It seemed to me that there was nothing new to be discovered ever again. Our society was utterly, ruinously derivative (although the word derivative as a criticism is itself derivative). We were the first human beings who would never see anything for the first time. We stare at the wonders of the world, dull-eyed, underwhelmed. Mona Lisa, the Pyramids, the Empire State Building. Jungle animals on attack, ancient icebergs collapsing, volcanoes erupting. I can't recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn't immediately reference to a movie or TV show. A fucking commercial. You know the awful singsong of the blasé: Seeeen it. I've literally seen it all, and the worst thing, the thing that makes me want to blow my brains out, is: The secondhand experience is always better. The image is crisper, the view is keener, the camera angle and the soundtrack manipulate my emotions in a way reality can't anymore. I don't know that we are actually human at this point, those of us who are like most of us, who grew up with TV and movies and now the Internet. If we are betrayed, we know the words to say; when a loved one dies, we know the words to say. If we want to play the stud or the smart-ass or the fool, we know the words to say. We are all working from the same dog-eared script.

    It's a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters."

    Yes, we are ruining originality.  In other ways though, the internet is helping creativity grow.  I think the key is to use it as a tool, not a life force.  

    In the coming year, I plan to post more to this blog because it keeps me motivated and it forces me to string together coherent sentences.  So there's my 2015 resolution: stay motivated and string together coherent sentences :)

    Happy New Year everybody!  

    Oil and acrylic on canvas...

    Acrylic with dry brushes and wire brush

    Clay, watercolors, wire, sticks, string.  G painted the clay.  

  • Decide to start

    "Any decision is the right decision as long as you start working towards it today." - Russell Simmons, Founder of Def Jam Records, Entrepreneur, Activist

    Sometimes life is about making the decision to start something.  Without getting overwhelmed by the details... just taking one step in the direction of what we want... that’s enough of an accomplishment for now.  

    For years I've wanted a way to catalog the photos and experiences that mean a lot to me.  So, I've decided to start.  

    Thought:  Inside each of us is a nagging voice to start something.  What is yours telling you?  And what kind of decision can you make today to move forward on it?