Archive for June 2009

The “Mid Time” – spaces between and what to do….

June 28, 2009

Mid Time is what I’m feeling on the inner world. I am exploring this feeling of mid. Midlife is what mostly comes to my mind, yet as I recently turned 60, I am most likely past the mid point. It shows in my artwork as I took a passionate turn a few years ago, just when I was reaching a great level of accomplishment with my artwork and with my peace work, and started my second attempt to use cast glass as a sculpting medium. After three years of casting, I can now say that the work that I am producing in glass is very satisfying as each sculpture is the realization of what I envisioned. I am dreaming some new ideas, but that is for another day of writing. Today I’m addressing the mid time, between the beginning and the end, the place where I have enough life experience to know that I don’t have to begin again, yet what will carry me through till the end? I hope to capture some of this in my latest sculptures, and stone seems to be my sketch book, though it doesn’t ever feel like graphite on paper. I am happy that my body is cooperating with my passion, though there are many groans and slower movements these days. After nearly 20 years of stone carving, I’m slowing down, lifting less weight, and enjoying making sculptures from remnants of other sculptures. These remnant assemblages give me the advantage of not having to carve every part of the sculpture, just some of the parts and then assemble with my pinning method.

I’ve been partaking in some talks lately with mythopoetic men, Daniel Deardorff, Martin Shaw, and Michael Meade. Some speak of the soul as what one accesses in the forest, and the village is mostly where we access mind. Taking time in the forest experience, turning away from the electronic world, connecting with my inner nature where my true nature lives. The trials of this time of change, are the trails leading me into the forest. Stepping away from the village can be of great risk to the norm. My daily routine and work will suffer from my absence. And what is to gain….maybe this is the mid time, how to hold back from the doing. Oh this is challenges my drive towards responsible behaviour. What will my culture and society say if I no longer produce, if I don’t pay my bills, if I take time for something new to emerge like a spring to fill up.

During the time I wrote about in my recent blog (6months to the day), I found that my body and what felt like “my cells wanting me to stop”, and at first I felt frozen like I was connecting with some kind of trauma, then when I asked my soul what it wants, I was told stillness. I rejoyced in knowing that something wasn’t wrong and that listening and spending more time in the stillness, would give me renewal and strength to face the hard times which might be ahead for me, as the art market and the peace work has slowed dramatically with the economic downturn. Stillness was available to me in each moment and risking “missing something” like a sales inquirey, or the news or the internet, was what I had to let go of. What a difference it made not to follow the political conflict streams and the news of war and economic crisis that pervades our media.

To go ones own way is a challenge yet the rewards are great. The path is authenticity. I hope this gives you an idea of what my mid time is about and what I am doing with the time. May peace and stillness be with you as well as your creative productive self. And if you find yourself in mid-time, know that you are not alone.

Here are some of my latest sculptures photographed around our home gallery. When I get enough of them completed, I’ll do a photo shoot with better lighting. Enjoy!

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6 Months to the Day – New Work

June 26, 2009

I don’t know what kept me from writing all these months. I guess when I returned from Europe, having had a peak experience of showing in the Louvre, sculpting in the Czech Republic glass studio, and living in Berlin with our friends and family, I just wasn’t ready for the frozen economic climate we returned to.

Without going into much of the details, my gallery presence and livelihood derived from gallery sales were in a free fall. There had been no income during the 5 weeks of travel, no sales, and with the grim news of the economic downturn and possible collapse of our banking and economic structures, I was in a personal crisis which I couldn’t write about. I noticed that without appreciative art lovers, buyers, and art patrons I felt I was no longer needed. My message of Art for Peace was not timely, though the wars continue to rage. As the fallout from the money crisis continued, galleries began to fail, I lost two right away and a third is ending today.

As spring began, so began my creativity again. I think that I had needed the rest after one breakthrough year, I wasn’t yet ready to maintain such a pace. I found that turning 60 was another factor. In the slow winter months of this year, I pondered whether I was to begin a new direction. My sculpting was not yet calling and I felt like I was in a second mid-life crisis. I pondered each day what would I do if my art livelihood had ended. I DON’T KNOW! This was the continued message, and though I have many other gifts and skills, I didn’t feel done with my art. So I waited and soon I received the beautiful glass sculptures that I designed in the Czech Republic. ART = RENEWABLE ENERGY. I had found my renewed energy resource, my artwork. This was a timely shift in perspective, as I don’t know how long I could stay in the I don’t know place.

The excitement I feel when I see the sculptures that I originally envisioned, returned me to my passion for creating this kind of Art for Peace, beautiful forms, simply presented, playing with light. Sitting on my work beach was a calcite stone that I had begun last year and now I was ready to¬† bring it to a completion. I had found the spirit and energy it takes for me to suit up in protective gear and take on the slow reduction of stone, to find the final form and the look I’m after.

Here is the latest in my Omega Series, call Light Maker…..

Onyx/Granite 29x27x16

I’m now back in the studio working on a new series of sculptures some for the garden and some for indoor, and I will post them as I finish them. I have scheduled an Open House and Art Sale for July 26th from 1-6pm to share the new work as well as what I create at the Pilchuck Glass School where I will be a student under the direction of Australian glass artist Richard Whiteley. I’ve also scheduled a stone carving workshop for August 1 & 2, so let me know if you are interested.

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment, so that I know that you are interested in seeing and reading more from me. Thanks, Brian