I think that its time to count a few of my blessings. After my last post, I went back into the studio and continued to work on a rather large project that I have spent weeks on...or months. I'll post some images once my portion is completed ( I don't like to do in process photos because I find my work changes so dramatically from beginning to end). While I was working on this piece, which is going to be another collaboration with my beloved Judy, I started feeling like finally the piece started to work with me. I often feel like my process is a battle until at some point the art starts to work with me. It's almost like it makes thing difficult to test me...to see if I'm worthy of it giving me a hint of a solution. Anyway, the last day or so was the point in which the piece finally started to work with me. Throughout this project solutions seemed nebulous and my frustrations were high, which were worsened by the amount of time I was gone and away from the studio. So finally I can see clearly now...the rain is gone. Given that. I decided that it is important to count a few of my blessings.
There are a number of things that I am thankful for...
I actually make a living doing the thing I love (as frustrating as the process can be sometimes).
Teaching gives me the opportunity to meet wonderful people wherever I go. It always amazes me how much I learn from the people I teach. Believe it or not it is a learning experience for me as well.
My mother had a bit of a medical scare recently but all is well and she is better than ever. She and my father are the reason that I pursued my dreams...I doubt I would be where I am without them.
Speaking of family I am blessed to have in my life a wonderful sister and her beautiful kids Maddy and Aidan. Maddy is a little artist and Aidan is pre-school pirate. Arrgh.
Friends...what wonderful friends I have..here in Missoula as well as scattered across the globe. What could be better than that?
I have see much of the world and plan to see much more. Ever since I graduated from college I made a commitment to travel overseas every year. For many years it was hard to do, but nonetheless I managed to do it. When money was tight, it meant that I would go someplace like Thailand or Mexico where the dollar goes far. I have learned so much from the simple task of going someplace strange and foreign.
Now lastly and certainly not least is how fortunate I was to find an amazing woman like Judy Wilkenfeld. It is true that I could complain about the vast global distance in our relationship, but though the physical distance may be great...the spirit and soul are amazingly close. I should say that in my life I have know many artists, (and I say this without bias...well maybe a little), but I have never known any that have so much to say that can say it so well. What an amazing person. What an amazing artist. I am blessed to have met her. I am blessed to have her as a friend. I am especially blessed to have her as a partner. Now if someone would lift the anchor and let Australia drift toward the US a bit...all would be perfect.