Musée de l'Orangerie - Paris
After having wanted to see the panoramic installations of Monet's waterlily paintings for years, I was initially disappointed to find the galleries were crowded. I walked up close to look at a specific area of color. The section filled my field of vision - a specific atmosphere of watery color. As I gradually drifted along the painting, the color atmospheres continually changed - like skies change at sunset, like scrolls unfurling, like woven textiles, like patterns built with sequenced groups of color swatches - short notes, long notes, harmonies. The experience was extremely satisfying and left me pondering new possibilities between painting and time.
>> homage color studies
record color groups from paintings and then look for them in nature
>> time-based aspects of work
marking time, time as subject
living with paintings
painting in relation to music, film, book, exhibition...
By my side, Thad was singing Dean Martin on repeat - "How would you like to be down by the Seine with me? Oh what I'd give for a moment or two under the bridges of Paris with you...."
Thank You - for sound of the loud, quieting waves - with their tumultuous strength and continuous rhythm.
"but I myself find in [the song of the nightingale] monotony, that inexhaustible source of everything that makes a deep impression. Hearing it is like looking at the vast sea, one always has to wait for one more wave to break before tearing oneself away; one cannot bear to leave it." - The Journal of Eugène Delacroix Friday, 7 May 1824
>> repeating patterns
Wildwood - Germantown, TN
one two three four / one two three four / one two three four / one two three four / one two three four
Watching Posy's footfall at a walk. Outside hind, outside front, inside hind, inside front.
More grace, more concurrence, more momentous than the words.
**** / **** / **** / **** / ****
Observing visually from the ground. Observing consciously as a rider.
Knowing the cadence bodily. Moving together in sync. Asking at the right time.
** / ** / ** / ** / **
Watching Posy's footfall at a trot. Outside hind with inside front, inside hind with outside front.
>> motion study drawings
like the seahorse studies from the New Orleans Aquarium
Birdlands - Como, MS
Vigorous ride. Exhilarating.
Sensations that triggered memories of other rides and made me feel unusually, pleasantly connected to the past.
From the winter landscape, I mentally extracted color studies.
Then, I noticed that moving through space would build something like the time-based color pattern I loved imagining in Paris.
>> deeply specific focus
Thad and I have been married for two months. We have loved being newlyweds.
Some mornings Thad brings me coffee in bed. While he makes breakfast. I read and wake softly. This gift is promising - helps me see opportunity for us to make new times and spaces for each other - in our marriage, for our interior lives and creative work.
Years ago, my friend Susan Kelly asked a table full of our friends to share five memorable days from that year. I liked the question and resulting conversation so much that I made the practice a way to mark the year end - remembering, reflecting, gathering vivid experiences (not limited to five), and adding them to a list that dates back to 2012. Then, I added the practice of listing hopes for the new year.