Friday, July 23
A word of warning, do not leave your paper mache unattended in the presence of a Pug!--Bella!! I am adding a paper mache layer to the Monkey Bowl and got up to rinse my hands off. A few seconds later I found Bella lapping up the paste! Luckily it is just flour and water. There is a good reason I am working in non toxic materials--her name is Bella.
Monday, July 19
I posted a little pictorial on the Monkey-Horse. I finished the other 3 sculptures and wanted to make sure I had good documentation on this one, before I go forward. Like cleaning house, getting ready for a new season, I needed to do this. I will create a pictorial for the Hare and Monkeys next.
One thing I wanted to get across is how long the process is. I don't think I accomplished that. It still looks like a few easy steps. But I have to question why I feel this need to let people know how hard it is to create things from nothing. I see similar pictorials by other creatives and they say, step one, step two and step three, you are done. I get so frustrated by this easy as pie attitude. You have to make choices constantly and they can't be photographed. It is this intense struggle, creation. Painful yet rewarding, I want to share that. It seems important to me, to understand, in order to appreciate art.
When I was at the Museum (the new addition to our Fine Art Museum in Richmond is spectacular!, more on that later), last week, I noticed how quiet it was in the galleries, all you could hear were gasps and hushed "OH WOW"'s. It made me so happy to hear this background sound, as I wondered through the amazing new spaces. It is the sound of people connecting and "getting it". It is the sharing of our humanity. They may or may not be thinking I bet this took a long time, this must have been hard. But they are experiencing it.
So there I go answering my own question. My job is to make those decision and make my statements strong enough to illicit an "oh wow". Not to make you feel my pain!