In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in a dark wood And the true way was wholly lost – Dante Alighieri
It has taken me some time to extract myself from the dark wood because creating art is not just about what emerges in the studio. Art happens over time and has many facets involving a whole lot of ideas, imagination and play. Finishing an artwork is not the end , its just the beginning, so how good is it to be at a beginning again. I write about this effect in my book Harnessing the Power of the Creative Spiral
During this year, which is fast coming to an end, I had been working towards an exhibition, now scheduled for the end of January, for Feather and Lawry Gallery in Russell Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. I am pretty much ready for this event so in late November I choose to have an operation on my left hand. Rather than be stressed about staying out of the studio for a month or two I have chosen to catch up on many things including updating my websites. However research remains my core goal.
This current experience is so different from previously feeling a dark night of the soul when lacking a studio space while moving from my home of 33 years. I landed in a very different environment and went from extreme dry to extreme wet. Throw in significant damage from a hail storm and renovating while building a dedicated gallery, and it makes sense. These were major life changes I experienced.
For 2023 my ongoing goals are to play, explore, find new ways off working and above all TRUST myself to stay true to who I am. I think about reaching out to more galleries, entering art awards, doing more marketing, but in the end I really want to just fold into myself and explore who I really am. We are all on an organic road, one that will take twists and turns, has rises and falls and goes through dark forests. When we emerge into the light everything looks brighter, more beautiful and full of hope.
My wish for us all is too bring light and love fully into our lives and for art to shine by filling those lonely spaces that exist in dark worlds.