Monday, January 8, 2018
The Winding Road of Art
"As I write I create myself again and again." ~ Joy Harjo
"...there never was a world for her
Except the one she sang and singing, made." ~ Wallace Stevens
"Any woodthrush shows it- he sings,
not to fill the world, but because he is filled." ~ Jane Hirshfield, "The Stone of Heaven"
Here it is a new sparkling year: 2018 has arrived. Single-digit temperatures in the mountains combined with weeks of a Christmas 'gift' virus kept me from painting. The most I've done is pick up charcoal and sketch horses into a landscape, a welcome reprieve into 'my world' as I call it. I *had* to do something! For sculpture, I've put the large figure I'm working on outside on the back porch to 'weather' a bit more. Let's face it, winter is never my favorite season, nor the easiest to survive in an old house: the basement pipes have created a skating rink of ice...so today, it's wait-for-a-plumber-and-pray time. In between all this, I've been reflecting (new years bring a clean slate and self examination time).
It's time to consider the road ahead (this is something I ponder every year at this time!)...literally and figuratively. Is my work any good? Am I being true to self always? Where is it (and am I) going? Where do I belong in this world? How do I balance the ingrained need to create versus survival? Age-old questions for most serious artists. It is my belief that this broken world needs art to mend our beings, our very souls. To bring light into darkness: both for the artist who creates it, and for those who see/read/hear/feel it. Art is life. It is to me--over this brutal winter, I've wondered if I should go back to the workforce world in order to make my tattered ends meet: if it hadn't been for angels among us, I would have fallen down, hard. Yet, time and time again, they have come when I needed them most. And, the wood thrush's bell-clear answer came: you are doing what you should, and must. While you are here on this earth. Keep believing. Don't give up. Sing. Be filled. Create yourself again and again....
Posted by Bohemian Artist: Bonnie Joy Bardos at 11:32 AM
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