(This post written the morning of November 4th.) My beautiful blog, I have been putting you to the side this past month, all in the service of art rather than writing.
I am artist and writer in equal measure. The past two years, writing has been all. Now, my drawing is centre stage for all of November, and this makes me very happy.
I have missed my art-making. This is not to say I don’t love my writing. I am in love with both, switching back and forth depending on the inspiration that comes and the projects that grow.
My drawings for ‘The Joy Diary’, my solo art show, have writing in them. I get to play, moving between my two loves, marrying them in ways that push me to further inspiration beyond the drawing I am creating. Seeing on the paper before me how my mind connects ideas and information, the leaps it takes, surprising and delighting me. Learning how I balance image with word, each playing off the other and suggesting something more than 1 plus 1 equals 2. More like 2 squared or 2 cubed.
Drawing feeds my writing. Writing feeds my drawing. There are some feelings and knowings that I can only express through images, and others that need words to bring them alive. I am blessed to be Artist and Writer, and to be in love with both.
The drawing heading today’s post is brand new, created yesterday in the Station House Gallery studio. ‘What Gives Me Joy Nov. 3 2016 (stars)’. Inspired by a birthday tea with another artist-writer-friend. (Thank you Lynn!) Drawing number one, with seventeen more to follow throughout November. I am heading over to the gallery thirty minutes from now, to begin drawing number two.
Thank you thank you thank you that I get to be Artist AND Writer.
The Joy Diary is happening at the Station House Gallery, #1 Mackenzie Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC. The show runs to November 26th. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. I am drawing in the gallery studio through to November 24th. Come and join me! https://www.facebook.com/stationhousegallery/