I first found Heather Cornelius’ work at the Mad Hat Tea Company during a Valentines show. They had a lot of work there but Heather’s stood out to me like a lightening bolt. The sweetness of her sculptures was equally matched with inventiveness and charm and reality. I love how the folds of her body were so graceful and made being less than perfect actually quite beautiful. The face on the woman is especially endearing to me as it reminds a self confident mature woman who is at ease with her body.
We bought it immediately at the show and now it has been in a prominent place in our home for months and months. My husband and I went over to to her home and studio and were delighted to see several more wonderful works. I really liked the four foot ones and If I had enough I would love to put one in the garden.
Most people are stingy about their lives. they only give their best when they are getting something in return. Whether it is monetary compensation or emotional pay off. But the best way to give is with no strings attached, except joy.
The ironic thing is when you give like that, expecting nothing in return, you get something far greater.
What you do get is freedom.
Last night I had an idea about giving something away that only I can give. Only we can give our dreams away. Dreams are just thoughts and vapors that appear whenever they want. But only we can make them happen and change from a fleeting thought to a tangible thing.
We only can share them when they change from a drifting thought and speak about them and act on them.
The dream I had last night will play out to be a beautiful reality that everyone can enjoy.
I have ideas all the time in the middle of the night. I am usually too tired to get up and write them down and then they vanish by morning. All that is left is a little fog of a trace that I can remember and it is not enough to actually get what the idea was. I discovered a new way to remember what I thought of without getting up. I get the idea then I put music to it. Any music that I think of at the time with Lyrics. In the morning the song is easy to remember and the new idea is attached to it. Voila idea remembered without getting up and writing it down.
Your mind just needs a hook that you already know to hang the new info on. This works as a study habit but I did not know it would work in the middle of the night.
The way to market anything is get people to talk about it. People are starving for something fresh all the time. When an idea is fresh we see it. It becomes a new thing to add to our idea base for what is possible. Saying anything is possible is ok but seeing something demonstrated is a million times more inspirational. When we see a new idea, we all have an ahha moment. It gives us hope that we too can expand beyond what we already think is possible. That is why the Soap Lake Lava Lamp is so important to do. It is the impossible realized and I know that on many levels people would be inspired to conquer their surroundings and step out into the realm of the impossible.
I believe it is important as an artist to constantly breakthrough to the next level. Doing the same old thing with the same old technique is very natural and it is very seductive to know somebody will probably buy the work if you do that. But there is another thing inside every artist to grow into a better artist.You only can get to the next level by going through uncharted territory. Who knows if people will buy the new thing. I think you have to be willing to fail pleasing others . That is easy to do when no one is buying your work but when they are selling then it is way harder. I think about what I would paint if I were in heaven. I would paint whatever I could think of with wild abandon. I would paint as if I was not the painter but only the observer. Total egoless art.