There’s an idea that has been niggling at me for a long time, but I’ve been procrastinating because I couldn’t see a clear picture of how the finished piece would look. The idea was to do a large collage using pieces of handwoven cloth all in off-white, the natural color of unbleached cotton.
The woven pieces would use different textures of yarn, to distinguish one from the other. A white-on-white piece using primarily texture for the design.
I came to the realization that I wasn’t going to be able to figure this out in my mind. The only thing to do was to dive in and give it a try. Doing is often the only way to create art, and then letting the piece speak to me about what it needs as it develops.
I didn’t get very far because my beautiful cat Luci passed away last week. She was nearly 16 years old and had been struggling with health issues for several years. She’d been spiraling down for a couple of months and at the end wasn’t eating or able to do much.
Grief is exhausting, and it’s so hard to make the decision to have an animal put down. Was it too soon? Was it too late? Was she suffering? I’ve been giving myself some down time to rest and recover before resuming work.
In the meantime, I’ve been watching episodes from the “Letters Live” series on YouTube, where actors read funny or poignant letters written by well-known and unknown people. It’s really good, and I particularly like the letter written by artist Sol LeWitt to fellow artist Eva Hesse read by Benedict Cumberbatch.
LeWitt encourages Hesse to just DO rather than bumbling around with various excuses and doubts in her mind. Make bad art, make audacious art, make ugly art, make crazy art. Make art without any concern about outcome or what anyone will think of it. Excellent advice for all of us.
What have you been doing lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,