2017. A new year. And I have a wish — that each of us may rise up to be our best selves and use our unique, special gifts to make the world a happier, safer, more just and peaceful place.
What have I been up to, creatively-speaking?
- Working on my new website, secretly, behind the scenes of this existing one. The updated platform I am working with will allow my newly designed site to adjust to any device you choose to view it with — responsive to smartphone, tablet, or desktop. I hope to unveil it within the next couple of weeks. The design is minimalistic, to best feature my photography, but tricky to get just right, aesthetically.
- Watching Netflix indie films. Sweet Bean, a Japanese film, has emerged as a favorite. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of art I have ever seen, with simple, breathtaking cinematography and humanistic sentiment.
- Taking walks through snowy woods and fields with either my iPhone or digital SLR in hand. Nature is generally quiet this time of year in Maine, peacefully tucked away underneath a blanket of white. I like to stand still in the middle of the forest and listen to the silence.
- Reworking paintings in my studio. I seem to be going through a phase of reforming previous works; maintaining their bones, but adding new color and dimension to them; attempting to transform them into something more. At this time, for me, this process feels relaxing, meditative, comforting, and safe — things that I need to invite into my life after this election. I don’t feel quite ready for the electrifying feel of a brand new blank canvas.
I hope you are well, Friends.