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02/11/2008: "On the importance of listening carefully!"
So, I have been inspired by an old photograph of mine that has low mountains and a lot of sky. I had this idea for new paintings awhile back that had mostly sky with just thinn strips of land at the bottom but I never did anything with them.
So, I’m going to start (so I work on *something*) doing this moody painting of snow covered mountains with a big sky the color right before a tornado (one I photoshoped). That way, I’ll at least be painting while I think up what the hell to do next for this show.
I found all of these old photographs I took of two friends who modeled for me awhile back. Some of them are quite nice and I may want to do something with them as well.
Plus I am still transfixed by the image in my head of a drive home from work where the sky was a purple-ish blue and the wetlands were a golden orange color…it was so intense, I love those two colors together.
So, back to the “fear of landscapes” concern, I’ve decided to not worry about it for awhile. To just paint and see what happens. And also, to look at art, both older stuff that I’ve done and new stuff that’s out there…nothing like looking at art to get the old juices flowing again.
This weekend I went to the Juneau Art and Humanities Council’s Wearable Arts fashion show and it was fun as usual. Every year I volunteer so I can see the show for free (and help out to boot) and every year I think “next year I’ll enter my own creation”…well, this year I was inspired to do a dress using Chinese paper lanterns. I got the idea from looking at wedding decorations.
I told Aaron about it last night he was trying to be supportive but I could tell he wasn’t into the idea…I kept describing it and was drawing him pictures of this big dress with a hoop skirt threaded with internally lit paper lanterns and the model had a big paper lantern hat and was carrying a paper parasol, and he kept saying, well, I can see what you’re getting at but I just don’t know...and I didn’t understand why he wasn’t complimenting me for my genius concept like I expected…and it turns out he mis-heard me and thought I was describing what I wanted for my *wedding* dress! It was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing…picturing how I'd look in that get-up at a casual beach wedding. Too funny!