Let them talk to each other

This quote was posted a while ago by Austin Kleon. The quote comes from Steven Tomlinson talking about advice from his professor Will Spong when he asked him how to choose a life path from his three passions of business, the theatre and the seminary.

Spong answered:

This is the stupidest question anyone has asked me. You’re telling me that there are three things you love and you want me to tell you which two to cut off…so you can limp along on the other one? This is not how things work. The advice I have for you is:don’t discard. Find a way to keep all three of these things in the mix. We’ll find out [what you should do for a living]. Right now, what you do is spend 2 hours a week whole-heartedly engaged in each of those 3 things. Let them them talk to each other. Something will begin to happen in your life that is unique and powerful.

The idea prompted me to start posting on Instagram. I’m not very good at this, but when I’m reminded to do it I see new relationships between colours and patterns and forms and textures and symbols and ideas and meaning and materials and designs and things that I grok.

Let them talk to each other on Day 988/13 🌸➕🌀➕🌊➕☁➕🍃➕🎈➕🔮➕🎨➕🇯🇵➕👘➕💎

July 22 2020

Despite what you may think I am actually doing ‘stuff’. But nearly 6 years of dabbling has ended.

Here begins 1000 days to a ‘substantive’ body of work.

This is day 1, or day 1000, depending whether you are counting up or counting down.

Yes, it’s an arbitrary milestone and no, an artist’s practice doesn’t work like a business model. What I like about choosing this particular time frame is another chance to focus on documenting my practice and July 22 2020 looked like a meaningful destination.

The ‘body’ of the work may be painting, photography, fibre/sculpture or ‘new media’. Or all of the above. Or something different and yet unplanned and untested. But I expect that it will be substantive or else why bother to commit to a date?

July 22 2020 is looming ever nearer …

Yesterday’s ‘iris with fish’ capture