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04/21/2008: "Cold Comfort"

This weekend we had perfect weather. Aaron and I spent a lot of time outside, walking on various beaches and taking in the sun. Below are some photos, they lose a lot of their impact at such a small scale but trust me, it was absolutely gorgeous.

Having time to play outside reminded me of a scene from the movie Cold Comfort Farm, a woman is talking to her young friend and asks what she plans to do with her life. The young woman says that her plan is to write a best selling book when she's 60 years old. Her friend asks her what she plans to do until then and she replies "gather experiences to write about of course!"

That's what I've gained by canceling my show for July. For the first time in a long while, I feel like I can just go out and "gather experiences"..possibly I'll take a photo or see something along the way that will truly inspire me to create new work. I realize that for me, it's something that just can't be forced. Whenever I do force it, the work always suffers.

And so, that's what I'll be doing for awhile...guilt-free I might add.

aaron-and-woman-with-red-hat (77k image)

auk-rec-island (90k image)

auke-rec-sunny (84k image)

irish-setter-mountains (61k image)

Replies: 7 Comments

on Monday, April 21st, berry connell said

Zat your dog?
I'm guessing to say a red colored Golden Retriever....
the difference in a retriever and an irish setter is, the retriever watches the master, the irish setter watches the distant horizon as it gets closer.

on Monday, April 21st, Elise said

hmmm, thought I already responded to this but guess my comments didn't show up. The dog isn't mine so I have no idea, but Golden Retriever is probably right. Cute dog though eh?

on Tuesday, April 22nd, greg said

Soaking in the experiences is certainly important while adding to our inner library of image-integrated conciousness! While I assure myself I dont want to "peak too early" I'm reminded of the Wired article of a year ago I was impressed with, and you were too - remember? The two paths of creative fruition explained by the economist who realized some rocket to glory early, while others maintain a slow steady pace of experimentation until they realize their mature style!

on Tuesday, April 22nd, dad said

forget the camera ,pencel and paper :P

on Wednesday, April 23rd, Elise said

Hi Greg, thanks for reminding me of that article!!!

I think you and I are both slow burners...thank god.

And dad, pencil and paper, ah yes, I remember those!

on Sunday, June 29th, Kasia said

I am soooo jealous. I want to live in such a beautiful place!!! :)

on Sunday, June 29th, Elise said

Thank Kasia!
I feel pretty lucky actually.
I hope you can visit some day.