This past weekend the historical building next door to us burned to the ground. It is a motive that I have painted many times in the past 3 years, and I am glad that I did. Not that it looked good even before it burnt, but using artistic license, I have created a compositions and paintings that will be memorable for the future. The entire area where I live is considered of historical value on a national level, but you would never know it to see the condition of alot of the buildings. The owners of the buildings bought them with the intention of transforming them into useful, profitable replicas of their former selves, but when national conservatory office declares them "historical", the options for restoring and using these buildings drops dramatically. No longer can they be restored as the owners intended, but, being of national historical value, the restrictions are enormous. What then happens, is that the owners drop all plans, let the buildings deteriorate until they either fall down on their own or some sets fire to them. The fire that took place this past weekend is the 5th fire in 3 months in our area, so I suspect that there is foul play, especially concerning the fire in our neighborhood. The press is digging for answers, and I for one, hope that light starts to shed on why this hopeless situation can not be solved to everyone's satisfaction.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This is where I'm gonna keep the ball rolling as far as mental exercises connected to the processes of creating; both at home and at the studio. At home one needs to be creative in a completely different, but equally demanding way, so I"ll put some words on here about keeping the troops together, working as a team, encouraging each other, etc. Since I love to cook, there will be stuff about food. The home front is always competing with the studio for my time, and I won't be denied the necessary hours with canvas and paint (or paper and charcoal/pastels). Without them, I'm a very edgy person.
So, I'll be updating this as I feel the inspiration to do so, and I hope there is something that others can relate to. Thanks for checking in.