Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -- Pablo Picasso
June 11th is the 10 year anniversary of my blog. Really?! June 11, 2006. I started my blog to record my creative process. Along the way it has done just that, as well as delve into my love of teaching art, and more recently becoming a DIY craft blog and now a bit more on cooking because of my change in my diet. The blog has become a bit of a journal and also a bit of letter writing to myself into the future.
Have you ever noticed that our earlier-selves know our future selves far more than we realize at the time?
I read recently of a professor who told his ceramic students that half would be graded on the quantity of work they made, while the other half would be graded on the quality of one piece. Those who were assigned the making of the perfect piece failed. They spent their entire time worrying over each detail, bogged by discussion of the cultural implications of their chosen material. Those who made for the sake of making arrived at work that became suffused with meaning. They had allowed discoveries to happen. By preventing self censorship from negating production, they could whittle away at an idea until it began to take shape. Delight came as much from the act of making as it did from the final product.
I want to make for the sake of making, letting each piece of work act as a point on a map toward the next discovery.
These words were from one of my earliest posts. June 12, 2006. I still feel this way. I have joy in making for the sake of making. It's that creative adventure, a thrill and a struggle until the end of the piece. For the past few months I've been struggling to figure out the next direction of my work. I was overthinking it. I had to just jump in and start making. The making will lead me down the path. While looking at exhibition calls, I didn't have recent work to submit, work made within the past three years. With that in mind, I knew I had to get cracking. Make for the sake of making and just trust that a cohesive body of work will emerge.
So here is the start into the future. Ta da!
The images at the top are the 4th collection in the Facebook challenge. They are part of a series called Pattern Play and delve into a review of the microscopic patterns, real and imagined that lurk below our skin. Photo credit: Larry Sanders.