Friday, October 3, 2014

Still Here

I had to put thought into how to even write a blog entry.  I'm a month out from this blog's anniversary.  I'll be here even when no one comes...sort like the woman living alone in the woods, but I'm not that nature friendly to be living in the woods...maybe like the woman living in the basement apartment.

Mama, age 85 and her Great Granddaughter, age 4

My creative making has experienced a boat load of interruptions this year.  Considering how it grounds me and centers me, there has been a lot of groping through the light and the dark this year.  I feel it on my skin.  I've done my best to be adaptable, nurture and hold on to faith, and just be without over thinking which I've have a tendency to do...and by God's Grace, I'm standing and holding my own.
view into the studio window

We were anticipating moving by the end of October, which included my studio as well.  So far, nothing has fit our needs.  The plan is (God stop laughing), as I was saying, the plan is for this to be a last move.  So it needs to "fit", otherwise whats the point.  My studio is in disarray and my strong inclination is to let go of household "stuff" and simplify simplify simplify.  But Peter and I cannot see eye to eye on what is or is not "practical".  Like beauty, its all in the eye of the beholder.  But this is the least of my concerns.

An exhibit deadline is fast approaching making me aware of just how little I have completed this year.  I'm not going to meet it. The photos below were taken by Mr. Bud Dorsey, The Urban Photographer here in the city.  This was the opening reception and panel discussion held in September at the Kentucky African American Heritage Center for a group exhibit.  I have 4 pieces in the show.  It is one of the hallmarks for this year.






Still Here by Langston Hughes


Been scared and battered.

My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,



Looks like between 'em they done
Tried to make me



Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'--
But I don't care!
I'm still here! 


13 comments:

  1. I hear you and I am here whenever you want to blog. For what it is worth - it is very therapeutic to downsize and get rid of stuff. That being said, I am still trying to get myself back to creating and making. It has been a year.

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    1. Gerrie, that gives me comfort...knowing we were here in the beginning :) we're going to go for the long haul sister!

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  2. I sometimes feel like I am the "only one at home" at times when it comes to my blog as well, but I tell myself it is actually for me to chronicle my journey so it doesn't matter rather I have regular readers or comments. We are also alike when it comes to "downsizing"---sometimes I would love to not "think and decide" and just throw everything out---if I need something, I will just buy new. Unrealistic though, like a tree that grows money in my back yard :)! Take care and Gerrie and I are here!!!

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    1. We have 4 Foreman grills. 4 different sizes and styles. We do use them but is 4 really this necessary???? The man seems to think so. The small one and the next to the largest would do.

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  3. My prayers are for you and Peter, to find the perfect home in the perfect environment,

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  4. Been MIA when it comes to posting on my blog also, but like you I am still here. I have been packed and ready to move before too; but had to unpack and stay where I was I decided to move; but it was not time for us. Pray that you find the place He has for you and yours. On the downsizing bit I had to laugh. During my anticipation of moving I got rid of a lot of "stuff; some of which I had forgotten I had. Today my motto is "LESS IS MORE".

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    1. Not moving is NOT an option is what I am repeating.

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  5. I was MIA from my blog for a month. Remember that "blogging without guilt" philosophy?! Life happens, and it does not always include art and happiness, we just don't always blog about the less than cheerful parts of life! You have prayers for the perfect home to manifest. You rock, blogging or not!

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    1. Art washes away the dust, etc. Let's just say life gets very dusty hehehe

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  6. Maybe one of the things you can let go of is this idea that you should have been more productive with all these interruptions? Good luck with it all... I hope you find a place that really suits and that will let your art blossom (with fewer obstacles).

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    1. 2015 will be obstacle-less! Says Karoda, Warrior Queen!

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  7. Keeping up with a blog is hard work indeed. Don't know how many times I have promised to "write at least 5x/wk" and somehow it never materializes that way. I wish you luck in finding a new place to call home, creative inspiration for 2015 and God's grace always.

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