Memory and the Wisdom keeper
graphite- a conversation with questions asked, and answers offered.
I have been an artist of sorts from my first box of crayons working throughout my life in different forums which included ways of bringing art as a expansion of expression to the children and families I shared time with. That was an amazing part of my life and a constant learning journey. Just about five years ago I decided it would be the next phase of my life to finish work. This does not mean leaving process behind, but sharing the drivers seat with an outcome. I am choosing to explore technique and content and see where that road takes me, but obviously the joy is in the journey so the process still has to be a front and centered focus.
Three of the past years have been busy ones. I have been submitting work for juried shows, hanging in my hometown local gallery, in general getting work out there. In the process I felt as though I was moving away from my own authentic work to producing what I felt influenced to make, to match criteria. It wasn’t the path I felt I wanted to continue. When you feel lost or as though you may be on the wrong road, I find the best thing for me has always been to call a do over.
These are my next steps, the stepping away into a quieter life until I feel sure the path is leading where I really want to go. Writing about it, keeping track is a bit like map making, as we all know, many roads lead to any place you might want to be! The getting back again, may require a record, bread crumbs at least, and if they are scattered to the wind, just know laying them to me, is worth the time it takes.