Sunday, December 20, 2009

Obsession? Compulsion? Expression!


I've only recently been referring to myself as an Artist. My Artist Statement (created just this summer) Renee Howell, the practicing artist, has been on a course of independent study for as long as she can remember. I'm not a formally trained artist - just one of the many who feel the need to make marks on paper or press buttons on magical, mostly black, boxes.

A couple of months ago, my current-est camera (over there on the left) began suffering from "pixel death." Random grayed areas began appearing on the pictures. I worried about spending the money to buy a new camera. What kind should I get - never one to do all the calculations of f-stops, aperture -etc. I wanted grab and go. And, I thought I could live if I put off buying a new camera.

My daughters - each and every one of them said, "MOM - YOU HAVE to have a camera!"

I never realized how much they picture me as the one with the camera in hand. How much my camera - which ever one was my favorite at the time - was a part of Me. The Me they saw and see. The Mom with a camera. Of course, I should have seen it myself - I'm always the one not in the print image, I'm the one behind the scenes capturing a moment. Always lagging behind the group taking a photo of some obscure thing.

The cameras above - I honestly didn't realize I had a collection - are part of my "collection".

I'm preparing myself for my Art resolution for 2010 and beyond. I am restless in my skin. I need to expand. What is my Art challenge for myself? Filling in the blank "I want to do/learn/grow _________________."
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4 comments:

neva gagliano said...

lovely statement, observations of self and your process!!
and the collection!! i want a new camera!!

ArtPropelled said...

Love the last part in particular.
" ....just one of many who feel the need to make marks on paper or press buttons on magical, mostly black,boxes."

herhimnbryn said...

Great statement. Thankyou for the kind comments you left over at one of my blogs.

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful statement! so nice to hear you claim that title! art is just a verb we art it up and practice our craft...