The rhythm of artmaking and life as a human being feels just about right today. The day is cold and drizzly – about as much experience of winter as we get here in Central Florida. The newspaper is full of taking stock, putting aside and looking ahead. A local sports team is ready for last game – last flame – last chance – last dance. (Who new sportswriting could be so poetic?) Merriam-Webster announced its word of the year for 2017. (“Feminism.” But has that not been important for quite some time now?) And words the language analysts are eager to put aside. (“Fake News.” Amen to that one. And “drilling down.” Also Ok with letting that one go.) I’m a little disappointed to see that “gauche” and “mugwumps” are no longer useful and fashionable. I especially like mugwumps.
And in the studio… what I needed to happen over the holidays has happened. I put all my work aside for a bit. Then I completed some works that have early-2018 deadlines. My worktable is cleared for new creating. I have revisited my sketchbook, worked out ideas on paper and in Photoshop, and I am full of new plans for artwork that interests me. For me these dance steps of change are necessary and pleasing. OK 2018. I’m ready.
May what you need and what you hope for be yours as well this beginning of 2018. Happy New Year.