matching colours

Walking, going to work, meeting friends - it feels like I am falling in love every day. How lucky it is to make art and to love. These actions should reflect one another. I wonder how closely art making can be integrated with all other actions of my life. Sometimes I see it happening in other peoples lives, like a girl I know who's art collection is comprised of gifts given by lovers and friends.

I am finishing some work for Crush, a group show from here and there. I'll include some images the next post.

Songs to Play on a Date

A short list I have been thinking about The Rolling Stones - Play With Fire    2:14 The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)    7:47 Diana Ross and the Supreames - My World Is Empty Without You    2:55 LCD Sound System - I Can Change    5:55 Wildbirds and Peacedrums - There Is No Light    2:46 Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive    4:45 Queen/Bowie - Under Pressure    4:02 David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes    4:23 David Bowie - The Prettiest Star    3:09

Because you need to know what you are getting into.

saying goodbye under enormous skys

I like to travel away from something and towards something else. This can be a person or place or atmosphere or shop, it doesn't matter as long as you do it with romance and melancholy.

Saying goodbye is not just loss, it also accompanies change; a passage to somewhere new. "Goodbye is a little like dying", but without it you're incomplete and cold long afterwards. I can't stand short goodbyes.

A friend said the year is finally beginning. It's about time.

movement

I don't want to segregate art making form the rest of my life; I don't want art to be confined to one room any more. I want to approach my life as I approach art. I want to approach art as I approach my life. Art is a result of movement, I like to think about my movements as I work. It is a part of the work, it is called the work. But movements that occur outside the studio are important, too.

Movements I enjoy -

- walking up a hil

- delicate, clumsy footfalls when descending down a loose path

- cutting small letters from a block of das

- gluing vegetable alphabet letters to paper

- drawing lines with felt tipped textas

- chopping veggies into cubes

I am planing to make a cube of multiple segments that will slot together. I made the mold for it today out of MDF. When it is done it will fit between two hands.

mature, happy, sweet and vain

I have been thinking about love and being in love. I feel strongly I am in love right now, though it is just a feeling and I can't pin it to anyone. This is okay, I think we should always be in love; with someone or no-one, only in love. It is a sad and merry feeling. "A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved going in the opposite direction in this too-big world."

I'll be back in Canberra soon. It is time to start working again. I'm going to set up a temporary studio in my living room and paint from there. It may be catastrophic.

blue

I just noticed all the books on my desk are blue. Blue is my favorite colour, but only some blues. The books on my desk are a good blue, they are also more or less matching which is nice.

Seven reasons to live in Chicago -The word Illinois is good to say and write; it is pronounced with a silent s -The Windy City -Chicago is inland -It borders on Lake Michigan -There is a good public radio station, sometimes I listen to the podcast -In Illinois there is a town called Metropolis, and in the town there is a big statue of Superman -Everyone is always having a good time.

in november

"During a short and violent thunderstorm Mymble had become completely and utterly electric. Sparks flew from her hair and every little bit of down on her arms and legs stood on end and quivered. Now I'm full of ferocity, she thought. I could do anything, but instead I'll do nothing. Isn't it marvelous to just do what one feels like. She curled up on the eiderdown, feeling like a tiny flash of ball lighting, a ball of fire." I think it would be an ideal project to make a body of work from Tove Jansson's writing. I can see just how beautiful it would be. I wonder if I will ever do it.