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Up against a deadline

Apr 21, 2015

I learned long ago not to use the pressure of a deadline to force the work. It's much less stressful to work ahead. Also, I'm not reliant on the pressure for creativity as so many believe they are. More importantly, life experience has taught me that there are always last minute fires to put out. I am a human being incapable of accounting for every possible outcome, and that can lead to last minute unforeseen housekeeping. Therefore, I work ahead, do the obvious first and make room for the unforseen.

Yet, here I am, about two weeks from my opening, with a painting to complete!


This is the triptych in process.

Working Title:

Breathe in, knowing we are made of all this

From Joy Harjo's poem: Eagle Poem

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to ear, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can't see, can't hear;
Can't know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren't always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breate, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were bron, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.







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