What's New

Currently playing: "What's New" as played by Roy Hargrove, on his release "Approaching Standards." What an incredible musician! I wouldn't say I had lost hope of "jazz innovators" at the time, but the pickings were slim. This was mid-90's and everyone was gravitating to "smooth jazz." I wasn't so much against it, but for me it lacked that "pop" and "BAMM" derived from someone just going at it with all the umph they could muster! That's jazz, pure essential, gut wrenching, yet soulful creativity! Roy did that, all of his career, he was cutting edge!

It's Sunday evening and I'm preparing to get back to 'the grind.' The last thing I want to do is pack bags, vitamins, gym clothes and mentally prepare for long arduous days! But for now, this is how I "pay the bills." No wonder so many look for 'easier' ways out; unfortunately, not many people realize we all have the potential to change our circumstances and proper our individual, familial and community to higher heights if we would simply exercise our own individual talents! Me? I write - and I render colors and textures in oil paint, acrylic and pastel. I am masterful at what I do, mostly working intuitively. I truly get "high off my own supply" - my images and the colors and textures are intense. More so are the ideas behind them. Profound "jazz-like" images, cryptic titles…

You see, the edges are present in my life; the highs and lows, the sensual thoughts and spirit-filled conversations with my God. There are times I would rather curl up in bed, than face some of the difficulties I have in my life, but a lesson learned so many years ago: these demons must be faced, and at times embraced!

I won't always sit in "someone else's desk." The day will come when all of these words and images will be set free and liberate me at the same time. Images, Words are my freedom and my jazz highs and lows…
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SLACKER!

It’s been months since I posted anything here…life happens and turns in ways far too numerous to reiterate. But in the grand scheme of things, that’s the world we live in. There are ‘undiscovered’ tribes of people in this world we may never come to know about. But they are no less significant than all of us living in this seemingly ‘connected’ labyrinth of a world!

Life happens…that feels like a theme. I began this year, writing on my white board, plans and goals for this year. Some were realized, some remain hanging in the ether, to be realized at a later date…or maybe not. What I didn’t anticipate was the load a ‘possibility’ could be. A suggestion from an artist friend, an avenue to explore should the path open up. A channel to increased sales and revenue. So I ventured down that path. I can sum up the activities of this year as laying foundations, building roads, curves, putting up street signs that I hope lead me (and others) down a path to greater possibility!

I have known most of my life that I loved the idea of both the business as well as the creative. I have loved the idea of connecting to others as an artist and writer, but also as an individual providing shelter, comfort and a safe and sympathetic ear…the possibilities that open as you explore these aspects of ‘self!’ And I did anticipate that combining the two was ideal, but something difficult to manage. It’s been a very challenging year, diving into the world of art and business! More of that at a later date!
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More Serious

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I’ve got to get to it. The type of “serious” where sleepless nights and early mornings, where weekends fade and chores are undone because I haven’t left the studio. Not a matter of getting “more proficient” or skilled at color rendering, but a matter of keeping at it, giving the ‘craft’ the time it is due.

Work at it, seriously, as if it is the passionate part of my life…talking to myself as I write; telling ‘me’ to get serious about art and at the same time, more relaxed. I’ve been a ‘worry-wart’ all my life. All my life, always considering the “what-ifs” that would stop me in my tracks…and yet, at the same time, I’ve trudged along…I’ve been at the bottom ‘many times.’ And in spite of putting down brush and pencil for well over 20 years, I’m back at it. If I wake tomorrow, I will be at it again…but I want to push me to spend more time with this process.
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