for all who have loved deeply
for all who have said goodbye
because there was no other way
for the grace and courage of those
who can look into anothers eyes
feel the pain and loneliness
tearing the heart
and not turn away
I couldn’t decide which to use. Both bring tears every time I watch. Both evoke emotions I have no name for.
It was only last year one of my sons turned me on to Ira Glass and This American Life on PBS. When I tell this to people they politely ask which rock I’ve been living under.
Since then I’ve been addicted to the Ira Glass PBS podcasts so imagine my delight when I discovered this video.
If you are not a writer you can exchange his word “story” for whichever acts of art you call home. I believe that everything he shares in this video can be applied to everyone’s creative process.
It’s fast and true for me, how about you?
our longest night
the beasts of the earth
and beneath the earth
return the sun
to the queen of light
and all the hands
of the promise of spring
join the dance
Art and poetry by Clinock.
Art: Solstice Dance. 8 x 8 in. ( 20 x 20 cm). Mixed media in cradled panel.
“I believe, I believe everyday is a good day when you paint.
I believe, I believe It’ll bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.”
This Remix honours Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995.) R.I.P.
We made fun of you Bob but with love in our hearts. Your T.V. presentations were always so delightfully weird and I confess I can’t stand your painting style. But I also have to accept that you charmed thousands into picking up a brush to try their hand at painting and who can say how far those ripples spread? Who can say how many you inspired to discover paint, explore and expand their creative limitations.
You mostly taught process through your own inimitable technique, how to re-present one particular version of the real. However, at the same time, you also brought a philosophy of joy into the act of art that spoke to so many who needed to hear what you had to offer.
Thank you Bob.
P.S. ~ I invite you to visit my latest art at my portfolio site: http://www.johnclinockart.com
I love this video, how Gina’s words and art process are woven together so brilliantly.
I hear what she is sharing about the creative process and I connect on all levels with all senses. So much of this is universal.
What Gina says echoes my own experience. How about you?
“If you don’t enjoy the doing, then do something else”
“When I’m painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a get acquainted period that I see what I’ve been about. I’ve no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own”.
Jackson Pollock. 1912-1956
Video thanks to YouTube.
Photo thanks to Tony Vaccaro/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
1st painting: Number 5. by Jackson Pollock. 1948. 4×8′. Oil on fiberboard.
2nd. Number 1. by Jackson Pollock. 1949. 5’3″x8’6″. Enamel and aluminum paint on canvas.
3rd. Convergence. by Jackson Pollock. 1952. 93.5″x155″. Oil on canvas.