|Art Journal page, May 2014|
Now I've got all my acrylic paints in one place, in boxes, close at hand and more likely to be used. My boxes of collage fodder have been culled and reorganized. All the recycled library mags I've been collecting have been gone through, the possible collage images torn out, and two shopping bags full are now ready for the thrift shop.
Some of my collected old books (!) are going to the library for their next book sale. I'm done collecting old books, by and large. If something totally awesome jumps out at me I'll consider getting it. But otherwise, collecting old stuff just to have it for a while holds no interest for me now. And I just purchased two old books last week!
I'd rather be addicted to making than to acquiring. I'm working on the first part. I read a fantastic book over the weekend, Free Play by Stephen Nachmanovitch. Last week I mentioned having ordered it, and now I've read it. I loved it. Here's what Amazon says about it ~
"This book is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms.
Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice.
The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had."
I'm rereading Diane Ackerman's Natural History of the Senses. I loved this book 20 years ago and am loving it again. If you've never read it, do. After reading Michael Pollan's Cooked recently, I reread his Second Nature, and then read The Botany of Desire for the first time. All excellent books, also highly recommended. Just finished Louise Penny's How the Light Gets In, and loved that too. Also The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony.
Our weather on the North Coast promises to be in the 70s all week. I'm ready for it. Enough with the cold wind and rain. Hope you have a lovely week wherever you are. xo