So much seems to change and yet stay the same. What changed with Eating Art was my enthusiasm for it. So many life changing events occurred in the last couple of years, that it affected my creative sensibilities. However though it all I absorbed life and now I will try to bring it all out creatively.
Having our daughters grow up and leave home affected me deeper than I thought. There were many nights of awakening, wondering and thinking about them. When they were younger I never worried in the middle of the night about them, I could always just go into their bedroom and see that they were ok.
Having me for my Mom, soon to be 94, as her caregiver. That’s takes time mostly, but also it brings much thought and contemplation about life and what it’s like to get old, really old. Like Mom says, “If I only knew how young I was when I was 62”. She’s an amazing inspiration to our family.
Having disillusionment with friends and not being forceful enough to express myself to them. That pretty much changed a total social network for me. It gave me much to think about and still does.
Having a heart attack, recovery and pills forever. Makes one think.
So I guess I’ve spent much time thinking, writing down notes and visualizing.
I also have a passion for drumming and composing new Adirondack rhythms. I want to incorporate more poetry and perhaps some acting into the mix as well. I currently have a drum program that is 30 minutes long, consists of nine original rhythms, two with my poetry and one rhythm, re-arranged from the Mountain Drum days. I want to make a one hour or longer program along these lines. For now you can follow my progress here. But as I record new tunes and make better recordings of current tunes then I will post them here.
I’m developing a vision for my future, as I will be 63 on July 26th. Once I read a book titled, “The Artist’s Way”. It’s a personal program one takes to restore their creativity. Now I’m thinking of doing it again, just for me. It will enable me to stay focused on what I truly want to do now.
One of my problems has been not being focused on my art work. I do so many other things that aren’t creative that I’ve found it hard to make that switch.
My new commitment to Eating Art and the blog will also bring me around to where I want to go. I needed to meditate on continuing it, and I’ve remembered that Eating Art always promoted moving forward. Taking creative risks, don’t get homogenized and making the best work you can.
And this blog will follow me on my creative journey ahead, and I’m going to encourage Sue to also begin a blog.