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Spock and other tales

They went on together in silence. But Arren saw the world now with his companion's eyes and saw the living splendor that was revealed about them in the silent, desolate land, as if by a power of enchantment surpassing any other, in every blade of the wind bowed grass, every shadow, every stone. So when one stands in a cherished place for the last time before a voyage without return, he sees it all whole, and real, and dear, as he has never seen it before and never will see it again.

The Farthest Shore - U.K.L.G

In my last update I was on the brink of a new and unusual journey. I have had to return early due to illness. Not in my family but in Eugenie's. This is sad and gently painful for her and her family. We laugh together and sip champagne and spocktails on the veranda as the soft days pass slowly for now. What has been a surprise to me is the sensation of being at the beginning of yet another, utterly different journey. I know it's not how we all feel, but I do, very acutely.

Plans can change or rearrange but nothing is ever gone. When I was younger my biggest fear was that I would regress to an earlier time. I would avoid my school and the areas I grew up in for fear that too long in these spaces would pull me back into a version of myself I no longer am. Slowly I have come to know that will never happen. For better or worse I would not be able to go back to an older time, and the thought is a comfort.

It has also been strengthening to realise that most if not all of my plans for 2013 are still in tact. Everything I am planing remains on track with little disruption. And I am seeing new excitements reveal themselves as they always do in unlikely times. There is even a chance we will be back in Hong Kong for January, and perhaps some of February; of course not for as long.

It feels similar to the time I finished art school and was orienting myself. The excitement then was squashed by that fear of stagnation, or worse, regression. But now that fear has gone and I'm allowed to feel the excitement of teetering before uncharted territory. The first year I have been able to do so.

I have given my love to what is worthy of love. Is that not the kingdom and the unperishing spring?

A Place to Rest, A Place to Run

Why This Blog? A place to illustrate early thoughts, and a place to rest.

When I started Surface Objects I had no real intention for what it would be. As it went on, its function changed again and again. At the best of times Surface Objects was my second visual diary. A place to air ideas - out in the open -  without the demand of presenting finished work. I really believe  you can do that with a blog, as opposed to a professional website. It's what the medium is built for! (sometimes).  That's what I want Surface Objects to be again. So I am relaunching it as a blog that will be a place for thoughts to rest, where I can take a step back to view things in a new light.

Knot

Steps

I have moved some of the older posts from here to an archive. I was contemplating removing them entirely, but looking back over the old, single sentenced, oddly phrased verse I decided against a mass deletion. Like finding an old diary, reading through the posts was surprising and insightful. And odd... and occasionally deeply embarrassing. But I have kept them, they are archived away now because they were made with a different purpose, but if nothing else I need to be honest with myself.  Go read them, GO! Some posts are pretty good.

Forest Out the Back

Surface Objects is going to be one of two blogs I intend to use over the next little while. The second will be about a grotto I will be living in. I'll link to it once it has been set up. This space will have a wider scope, the second will be for a specific topic. But more on that in a little while.

It is good to be back. I have missed you precious.

cough

nov 23, 2009, 12:21 pm - icy cold! nov 23, 2009, 12:22 pm - yeah i know, i think the worlds gone wrong

nov 23, 2009, 12:23 pm - It's just sick i think

nov 23, 2009, 12:26 pm - Yeah. :-(

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