Life seemed to accelerate in July and August this year. I still don’t have words for the ride I have had – only that now, I am coming to the end of three weeks in New York and am so much more relaxed than when I arrived. Arizona is up in the air for me at the moment – perhaps it will become a part-time place. I moved out of the house I was living in without a new place to go.
There is no choice but to have an adventure.
No matter what I do, I think it’s about time I make travel a bigger part of my life. I only had a couple of days to see New York City friends – and I really miss my friends. My fantasy is to live in New York City for a month to two months every year – or every other year – see friends and blast out amazing art and music projects. Then, back to fresh air, more space, slower pace, diving in to longer-term projects.
This trip, I spent two-and-a-half days in New York total over two separate occasions. I recorded a song with Kit Krash for the SpelCast. (I also checked out art galleries, the High Line, live music, and amazing food). To turn something new out every few days is a pace I love – and it is hard for me if I am not sufficiently stimulated. I miss people and I miss good humor and a touch of artistic subversiveness.
I am grateful for the perspective getting away has offered me. I suppose New York City is a working vacation kind of place. The kind of work I love.
Also, I am so thankful I am with my mama and my Aunt Penny. Being with them is a much slower pace – Mom needs a lot of help. I don’t know how much time she has left. I want more time with her.
Right now I am sitting on a porch, across the dirt road is a lake, a dog is barking in the distance, I hear crickets, birds, and the shimmer of leaves blowing in the breeze.
This is where I am and I am feeling open to so many possibilities. This is a good place to be.
And for now, on October 1st, 2021, I have an opening at the HeArtbox Gallery in Flagstaff. I’m calling my show, Dreaming in Cyan. I’m really excited! The show actually gave me a container to work with for my timing. Perhaps it is good this trip was not open-ended, it sure gives me a lot to think about without being overwhelmed with choices. It’s a nice ebb and flow of play and responsibility.
When I ask myself what to do – even as an adult I have to remember I am a child of the Universe. We all are.
What does your child self want to do? How can your adult self support that?
A little finger dance before paint. You can’t stopper up the flow of ideas – you have to take action so the ideas keep flowing.
And a little gratitude always helps, too!
I get very hyper before I create – and I either need to dance to shake off the excess energy or meditate. Also, this falls under Happy Dance! What do you do to get ready to create?
Finally, here is a video of the work I did over the five years it took me to finish one of my latest paintings featured at the next show. The painting is called Downtown Beat. All of the above videos spotlight Downtown Beat in the background.
The music in the video is all original – from my 90s band the Halfbreeds.
If you are in the southwest, come to the opening of Dreaming in Cyan at the Heartbox on October 1st. I would love to see you!!
And big hugs and love to you wherever you are!
September 24th, 2021