Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday October 10, 2010 The Finish Line

This has been a very difficult week. It is the height of the season for the sagebrush and for allergies. It is like a symphony, and the climax of the piece reaches a great crescendo. Or for me, I have no energy, and can't think, it is as though I am underwater. I await the first snowfall.

A few weeks ago I started a project, based on, "what if?" Trying something just a little different and like most projects executed by artists, it is 5% inspiration and 95% inspiration. We love to have a new idea, something different. We are all excited to try it and can't wait to begin. After a while we get caught in the "trap," a great beginning, but really hard work. There is nothing exciting about that.

But it is the discipline of the "finish," that is important. I found this quote last week on Gerdiary's blog. "Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out --Vaclar Havel. And it seems so true, especially in regards to the efforts of the artist.

We have an idea and it is not about how it will be when finished, but that it makes sense. It is like the end of the day, to finish a project. I always hope I can look back, and say, I've worked hard, I've done a good job, and it's been a good day.


This week has been difficult, because of my allergies. It is all consuming. But last night's sunset was so wonderful! As with all sunsets, always different, reminding me that we are always experiencing life a new, it's never been exactly this way before.

One morning this week, I came to the studio before daybreak. I looked up, and was surprised to see the sky full of clouds, just a light glow in the clouds from the obscured sunrise. And then, it rained, which it doesn't often do here in the high mountain desert. What a blessing.