I’m in the process of moving my studio back home. But this time, the moving involved includes cleaning out things at home and moving a few items to a storage space in order to make room for all the art stuff that will be returning again.
I’ve always been against storage spaces in theory…why in the world would you spend money to house stuff that you’re not using out of sight somewhere? But, this time it has become necessary, in part because we live in 600 square feet of space, and working from home at the scale that I now do just requires more room than it did previously.
However, even though in general we live pretty high on the simplicity scale (small living quarters, one car, few possessions, etc.), I still noticed the dynamic of “stuff” today. It seems that all day was spent moving “things,” whether from home to storage, or from the studio to home, or from the above spaces to the trash bin. And at some point you stop and think, “What am I doing and how much energy should my stuff really take?” Moving material, inanimate objects, none of which really contribute to vitality in life, starts to feel a bit senseless.
And it is especially senseless when you realize that living in such a mega-consumeristic culture effectively blocks us to the access we have to real abundance, which is often a spiritual thing and always an inner thing, and certainly not something you purchase. I really think that the degree to which you live in a consumer culture directly corresponds to the degree to which your access to real things is blocked.
So, I don’t know. Stuff will always be there and is, in some primary ways, unavoidable. But it seems the less time spent managing/maintaining/fixing/improving it, the better.
“This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”
From “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers)”
Here’s a shot my friends at ArtCricket took of my commissioned mosaic piece in its new home. It was a lot of fun to get to go and meet the couple purchasing my work and see its final resting spot!
My friend Heather, a dancer who is involved with Beautify Earth, is putting on a performance next weekend that will include not only dance, but live painting, poetry, and live music. It will be an evening of multiple creative expressions, so if you live near Venice, come out for a performance! You can get tickets here. I’ll be there next Friday evening, along with a few other artists, to have some work on display. It should be a fun event!
I’ve been working on a commission for a local couple the past several weeks. They were interested in a large piece that uses book pieces, and we decided I’d make something similar to the installation of book pieces I did for Bombshell salon this past fall.
So, I’ve been in the process of creating a large mosaic on a 4′ x 3′ piece of wood, and I am gaining a whole new respect for mosaic artists in the process! It is a much more complicated and labor intensive process than one might think. A shot from an angle…
The spirit behind things matters so much more than the action itself. You can take the same person and the same action, and in one case it might be the exact thing that’s necessary because of what is driving it, and in the other case it may be completely misdirected. It’s always what’s underneath that reveals the very essence of something.
Discernment is such a helpful life tool. But it easily becomes a very underdeveloped entity in a world that lives and breathes the external. We’re saturated with this outer layer of life from the moment we awake until we fall asleep again at night. But awareness of what’s inside, and the ability to shift it when necessary, is like gold…rare and of high value.