Every year I think I will get more painting done in December than I actually do and its all because of Christmas. At first I resent Christmas for disrupting my plans – but then the shopping has to be done, the planning, the cleaning and the cooking. I always feel better when I stop resisting and just flow with the season and remember what its all about. Its all about – for me – the joy of giving my best to the people I love – and whoever else gets in front of me, and relaxing into that makes it a huge pleasure. A gift.
So I wish all my readers the very best the season has to offer – may you all enjoy your family traditions – invent a couple of new ones and mostly – may you appreciate all the dear ones you’ll be seeing. Merry Christmas to you all.
This will be my last post of the year – but I will resume again on January 5, 2010. Happy New Year!
The beginning of a new series is always an interesting time for me, and in the case of the most recent I’m not really sure its that new. I’m really intrigued with the object – more specifically with the way that objects hold meaning. This started in Marg’s Museum when I was working with things that had belonged to my Mom. They were and still are full of meaning for me. So I’m thinking – do objects rely on context and memory for their meaning – and if so does that disappear with the individual for whom it had meaning. Or in a broader context what cultural influences determine the individuals perception of meaning? How does where you are generationally affect your perception of the objects you see? These are the ideas I’m working with right now – it will be interesting for me to see how they play out through the painting process. The painting – Her Panda’s – above – is a painting of some of the initial objects of inspiration. Why do we choose the objects we choose?