I find it interesting how much my environment can influence my artwork. I seem to be in a “primitive” phase right now. Perhaps it is because I have been listening to “The Land of Painted Caves” audio book by Jean M. Auel for the past number of weeks. Maybe that book has been influencing my muse while I wasn’t paying attention. You saw my Tiki #1 piece last week, and I have been turning green wood Norwegian Beer Bowls (it will be months before they are dry), and yesterday I finished another simple primitive bowl form. Something about it made me want to decorate it will reproductions of cave paintings.
Funny how I did not even think about the relation to what I have been listing too until I started thinking about what to write about. It’s also ironic that when I am feeling most burned out from all my work, my muse is pumping me hard with ideas. I have only taken one vacation day in the past fourteen months, and I am simply exhausted (and very irritable), but all I want to do is be left alone in my shop to work.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you got to go to camp? Boy do I wish I could go to a camp for grownups. I’d like to spend a couple of weeks surrounded by artists in an inspiring environment (with abundant good kosher food). When I used to go on multiday hiking trips, I always made time to work on some type of craft. When we camped near the beach, I would weave baskets or mats. In the foothills, if we found good clay, I would make small bowls and fire them by burying them in our fire for a day or so. In the woods, I might find something good to whittle, but no matter where I was I could always find some artistic outlet.
I sometimes wonder you spend all your time in your shop/studio, you lose out on other artistic vibes. I think I need to get out of here and let my muse spread her wings and see what I kind of new ideas I can come up with. It’s time to let a new environment inspire me.
Anybody feel the same way?