I (or, this blog) am/(is) in a quandary. When I first started out (writing this blog), I guess I was a bit self-righteous… there would be no “hand-wringing”, or no “woe is me”, and for sure, no negativity on “my” blog. Who wants to read about that? But, as in all things, what you think the future holds and what you get can be two very different things. My studio has been reduced to a small pile of oddly shaped cardboard boxes. All taped up. The room is empty. NOTHING is happening in there. So, while I am trying very hard to look on the positive side of things, it is hard to ignore the fact that my life has made an unforeseen turn. It is what I choose to do about it that will matter from this point forward.
So, on that note (the life in a straight line part), here is the issue. I consider myself to be a practicing artist. And, I have been thinking hard about that word “practicing”…to me, that means that you “do it” in a constant, repetitive, ongoing way. You show up, come to the table, you resolve the problems, meet the challenges: you make progress. And, the results of your efforts are on the table or on the design wall. Intentional. Well thought-out. ART. You made it; no one else could have, at least, in not quite the same way.
This is very different from “practicing” at something. This is work/art as a “practice”…something that is a significant and meaningful part of every single day. It is a constant. It is why your work changes, improves, grows. Without the “practice”, there is no learning, no forward motion… NOTHING NEW. Am I saying this “right”? Do you get it?
Well, I do, and at the moment, I am not “practicing”, and, I am missing it. What happens if one misses it for too long? Can one get “it” back? And, here is the key (I think)…the answer just might be “NO”…this “practice” might be an intangible that is so precious that one CAN lose it. So, you, keep “practicing”. (Maybe put in a few good strokes for me.) I am not an optimist. ALL good things do not come to those who wait. I think they come to those who “do”… I am very truly working on that: there is just not much to see at the moment. I admit, this is not an upbeat point of view. But, it is an honest one…if anyone has any wise words, I am listening…