One of my favorite lines from a movie is John Cusack’s character Lloyd Dobler in the 1989 movie: “Say Anything”.
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”
This was a line I heard in a movie 25 years ago (oh, how I loved Lloyd Dobler-and he did really remind of one of the boys I loved when I was young). It has really stayed with me and now in 2014 I think it’s becoming much clearer. I am an artist. My studio is filled with tangible original art that I am proud of and theoretically I should show to people and sell. However, I am not a salesperson. Once the piece is created, the last thing on my mind is pursuing the sale-perhaps because I am not very good it. The joy for me is in the idea and process.
I am discovering what drives me more is to show others how to communicate their own ideas more effectively in ways that could open up possibilities for their lives. So, the process I am in the middle of is figuring out exactly how to do that and what training is required of me. I don’t want to shelve my artistic and spatial gifts but I do want to channel them in a way that feels very authentic, resonates for me and helps others. Ideas…?
Bobby Womack died yesterday. He was one talented musician. His version of “California Dreaming” is one of my all time favorite songs. For those of you who have received a mix from me in the last 5 years this song was on it. So, I would guess you love this song now too. And if not, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Robert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack (/ˈwoʊmæk/; March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s career spanned more than 50 years and spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.
Womack wrote and originally recorded the Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now” and New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” among other songs. As a singer he is most notable for the hits “Lookin’ For a Love”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha”, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, “Harry Hippie”, “Across 110th Street” and his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.
In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I am just goofing around when I need to do so many other things. This is my creative expression for the day. I think it looks great on her. What a fashion icon she was. I am working on a lot of different pendant designs over the summer incorporating found objects and maybe even some sea glass. I will post images as I create.
Today I’m working on finalizing a design for The Town Neck Company. It’s a small business our kids have run the last few years. We helped them start it to bring attention our much loved rocky, cold, Cape Cod Bay (Massachusetts) barrier beach that’s at risk (and teach them a few things about business). There isn’t much sand left and the erosion from the last few years of devastating storms has caused a lot of damage and breaches. This week we found out that we didn’t get a grant for sand replacement that would’ve bought us some time. The whole town of Sandwich could flood if something isn’t done to nourish our barrier beach. We’ve worked with The Trustees of Sandwich Beaches. This organization has done so much to bring attention to TOWN NECK BEACH.
This is a possibility for a canvas tote bag design that our 14 year old girls and their cousin will be selling this summer. I’m having a little trouble with the intricacy of the design and how the printer can work with the dotted nature of the illustration. It may end up looking nothing like this, but I wanted to share it because it’s what I’ve been spending the most creative energy on the most lately.
Here’s to design, beaches, advocacy, awareness and summer!
Liz is the niece of a friend. Ellen sent me the link to Liz’s site yesterday and I thought about how utterly remarkable our connectivity is with the world-wide web. When I thought about how I became the recipient of this link, I had to pause a little and think about the path it traveled.
1. Life’s great stories are about taking action when you meet someone you connect with and seeing what happens.
2. I never would have seen the site if I hadn’t pursued Ellen and continued a dialogue after we met.
3. Liz seems like a remarkably interesting, grounded and purposeful artist. Inspiring.
4. WOW, this work is staggeringly lovely and complex and more people should see it and I want to share the link.
Today I am going to think about the pathways that information travels TO and FROM me. Here’s to connectivity both real and virtual!
I want to make prints of favorite things and then have fabric printed to create something. This is a quick stab at a print. My cowboy boots. Town Neck Beach. Travel (Italy). Coffee.
There are so many other images to play with. The road. Truck stop cherry pie. Flowers. Family. Pickup trucks. Rain. Books. Art. Tacos. Television. Friends…on and on. Send me a few of your favorite images and I might just make something from your photos. You just never know.