What is the most valuable thing in your house

If your house caught on fire, what would you grab first  . I would run around madly taking all the art out. I cannot replace the art. Everything else is just something you can buy. Your 4000 couch… let it burn, the photos you better have on the cloud so you don’t need to worry about them. Everything else let it burn, The most expensive things in your house should be the art. Nothing is like art in that way.

There are plenty of stories of art being saved in wars . I was thinking about this, It wasn’t just the monetary value of the work. There is something different about art that is universal.  It is not just decoration. It is so much more than that.

 

Intuitive Business

I don’t know any artist that doesn’t paint intuitively. Even when you are classically trained, you still will put your own spin on everything you touch. When you think about it planning a business is a lot like that. You bob and weave till you find something that works, The bobbing and weaving is called failing in some places. However bob and weave is something everyone can relate to and it does not have a stigma as much as the word failing.  The word fail is tantamount to saying YOU ARE A FAILURE, at least that is what you think to yourself and pretty much everyone else does too.  I don’t even know a word with more emotional impact than failure. That keeps most people from trying and it keeps them living in a safe predictable way.  Fear of Failure can Paralyze you.

I was worried about my new business till I realized that nobody knows what will happen and planning till you are blue in your face , won’t guarantee anything.  You just have to do it a move ahead and keep going.  You have no idea what will happen , You don’t know what people will be put in your path that could be a tremendous blessing. Looking back over my life this has been the case dozens of times  and I am sure it has yours too.  But this time I am going to refer to the adventure as bobbing and weaving into what it will become instead of success or failure. 

That paradigm shift made the knot in my stomach go away instantly.

Art Group

I started an art group to watch art videos and to discuss ways to make our work more visible in this town and to just support each others artist lives. It is so nice to talk to other artists about what you care deeply about that it is like being fed good food. It just feels necessary for life now . We have been meeting for a few months now and have plans to do projects together and see what we can do as a group.

Most art is done alone of course but then you have to go somewhere and talk about it . It is like processing what you just did.  I am really enjoying all the talent in one room.

Polishing the Silver

I tossed out all my flatware and replaced it only with silver. Real silver is a different experience to use. The fact that it needs lots of care is one of the most charming things about it. Like a poodle that needs to be clipped every 8 weeks, you should give your silver a good cleaning. Unlike the poodle, silver is actually being worn away overtime you polish it . bits of it as wearing off and going down the drain with the tarnish. Such a delicate thing to eat with, but that is what makes it wonderful. How like life it is, slowing wearing away till till has a lovely patina from some of the under metal showing through.

I love the imperfections it gets and I love the tarnish. Some people just leave the tarnish and enjoy that. I love the wearing away , the living part of it, the dying part of it. How much more precious is a thing that is not going to last forever here.

That is why I love silver. In all its phases it is beautiful and a physical reminder to me that life is precious .