I was invited to participate in the Philly Fun a Day art show but now I can't make it so I am posting my work here. I had so much fun making this art I hope that comes through. And I'm grateful that someone planted the seed because I think as artists we (I mean me, really) can sometimes forget that we make art because we love making it and that it's important to not let your art become work. When you stop having fun it starts to become a burden, so you start to avoid it, so you start to feel guilty and pressure and stress and fear...the art feels strained, strangled, spontaneity dies, and then a giant angry ice cream cone punches you square in the face. That happens to everyone right? In this case, the idea of fun became a kind of reset button. I made a conscious effort to step back or change direction if I felt like I wasn't enjoying myself. Am I talking too much? I just watched a Henry Jaglom movie, I have a lot to get out of my system. Here's the art, bye!
Thanks to everyone at Philly Fun-A-Day!
I will be participating in the NYC Fun-A-Day as well.
I heard a James Brown quote on the radio the other day. His advice to some young musicians was "make music (art) #2". My first thought was "oh he's lost his mind", but then I came to realize what he meant. Your art can't or shouldn't be your whole life. It reassured me as I looked back on a year in which I was (almost, mostly) too tired to do any personal work at all.
It was my first full year teaching art. 2 days full time at one school and 3 covering a six month long maternity at another. It was exhausting, confusing, inspiring, exhausting and one of the best learning experiences I have ever had, as an art teacher, a human being thing, and an artist. Today I spent the day grading and distributing all of my students artwork. The year is coming to a close. I sat in my empty classroom today with the all of the windows open listening to the soft drum of rain falling on leaves. It was a nice final moment and I had some time to reflect. Not everything went perfectly, or as planned, but in the end it was a meaningful experience with more rewards than regrets.
await my first summer off in years and look forward to making good on some of these artistic promises I have been making to myself.
As for this nomination, I am grateful for it and hope it encourages me to update my blog more often. Voting begins on JUNE 17th so mark your calendar, I hope you'll help me win a cool plaque (I WANT IT) and a $100 dinner! You will be well paid with jewels and mutton, I promise.