Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Deepest Connection
(The Artist in Her Studio)

Tap root
Dive deep
Dig down

Lights and darks
Colors on a wheel
Texture - smooth to rough
Line and such
Brights to dull
Shapes to delight

Dive deep
Hold on
Seek some more
Take a sounding
Mark four

Dig down
Risk it all
Satisfy the hunger
Clock's broke
Day's end
Without conclusion
Tomorrows a new day
Try again

The journey is long
Made up of days
A lifetime to be sure
Illusion of time stops
It seems you just get started
Rolling downhill
Sun sets in the west
Day's done
The sun rises
Begin again

Note:  The question echoes in the brain, who is the one who makes the mark?

Yesterday while reading Anne Truitt's book, Turn.  There were a couple of quotes that caught my eye.

"I am old in the ways of rejection and failure."  Yes, any artist can say this.

And then..."I am always, and always will be, vulnerable to my own work, because by making visible what is most intimate to me I endow it with the objectivity that forces me to see it with utter, distinct clarity.  A strange fate.  I make a home for myself in my work, yet when I enter that home I know how flimsy a shelter I have wrought for my spirit.  My vulnerability to my own life is irrefutable.  Nor do I wish it to be otherwise, as vulnerability is a guardian of integrity."


Shaista said...

Vulnerability is a guardian of integrity. Love that.
And love the picture of you, the artist, inside of her deepest connections...


In fact, great terse lines cajoling us to go on and on---- !

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This poem certainly resonates with me, Annell. Especially how things speed up towards sunset. I, too, especially perked up at "vulnerability is a guardian of integrity".

Taking time off.....

I am taking some time off from posting on my blog.  I am studying, practicing, have so much to learn....