New York Times

Do what you love

I wanted to share this commentary about ongoing creative endeavors and our "new year" mentality... I was amazed to read about the artist Carmen Herrera in the New York Times last week. However, it was this column that really put her tenacity into perspective: 

Portrait of an artist as an old woman: Do what you love - The Boston Globe by Beverly Beckham, December 27, 2009. Worth reading! "If the world had never known her, would her life and her work have meant less? Not to her." 

So many of us have creative pursuits of one sort or another. Let's keep at it in 2010 -- and beyond -- no regrets!

My collage below, titled "Time flies," was created in 2004 (proving, for me at least, that time does fly...) and measures 12 x 12 x 1," composed of contemporary papers and recycled imagery on wood panel.


Circles: "simultaneously stable and unstable"

Janice_mcdonald.secondary  Question from Gina on my facebook fan page about the collage, "Timeline:" I see lots of images of wheels, tire tracks, circular motion, etc. Do these have particular meaning?"A: "Mostly I see them as references to the cyclical aspect of time, although now that you mention it, perhaps there was some "spinning of wheels" during that period of my life! The collage elements are open to your interpretation... that's part of what makes this so much fun."And just now, I see this great article by Natalie Angier on The Circular Nature of the Universe in the New York Times... worth reading. About the painter Vasily Kandinsky: "The circle, he wrote, is “the most modest form, but asserts itself unconditionally.” It is “simultaneously stable and unstable,” “loud and soft,” “a single tension that carries countless tensions within it.” Lovely ideas — circles and curves are recurring elements in so much of my work.The collage above, "Secondary," is a 4 x 4" study, one of 13 that was submitted to the International Collage Exchange in 2005.(P.S. If you are not already a fan of my art work on facebook, I'd be honored to have you as one!)