September 25, 1999 5:24 PM
Ya, I know splitting hairs
But when I go out with Sally we talk about such things, art rambles as
we walk about and pick through art supplies.
There are these trees in Golden Gate Park, that if you were to paint
them you'd need a semi dry brush, and only the tips of bristle groups
would be used, making little lines going upward. I realized when I was
seeing the brush strokes that would be needed to paint that tree that
there is a difference between looking and seeing.
You look at the outside of a thing.
You see it's potential, it's color, it's comparison to other things,
it's symbology, it's mythology.
You look to make sure there isn't spinach on your teeth before dashing
out the door.
You see how you've aged and are ok with it for you see your
grandmother or grandfather coming out in your face and you are chill
with it all.
A crafter will look to see that there are all the pieces in a kit and
following the directions can expect a predictable outcome.
An artist has media: polymer clay, paint, wood, and following an
original vision or dream, see the potential in these supplies to make
the dream manifest. The outcome of which is rarely predictable.
Some folks say that they don't feel like an artist. Well, you'll
never feel like an artist until you come out to yourself as wanting to
be one. The desire has to be there. One can feel it...the
passionate hunger to have things fly off of your fingertips, kaboink,
like magic. The techniques of which I can help you with ....but you
have to own your own dreams.
There is a truth to your dreams in that it come from you and you
alone. If someone was to come up and tell you that you Temple of Yow
sucked big time, like they did to me, then you can stand up straight
and proud and reply, "Point being?"
You don't have to defend your visions or your dreams, you just have to
express them. Some folks express with music, dance, fun foods...better
known as Chefs. We are choosing polymer clay to help us express our
inner visions because it is cheap, handy, no special equipment and all
other supplies can be found at the SuperMarket. Art on a budget,
Sally my painter pally, says, "It's the ability of making
something out of nothing at all. To see things in this lump of nothing
that isn't yet there. The excitement that comes in watching it
evolve...and even if it doesn't come out like you thought it would be,
it has a life of it's own, and you can continue the excitement in
discovering what it wanted to be made into. Some art pieces take years
to complete because you have to 'live with them'"
I'll interject here that the excitement is what I want share here the
most. Everyone can learn technique, anywhere. But I'm here to goose
you muse and make you laugh, and hopefully tickle your brain, and urge
you to be free to accept your dreams and visions enough to stand up to
anyone and say, "Ya, you can think what you want, but these are
MY DREAMS and you have no say in whether they are true to me or
Being an artist is a weird thing. You can't look at the world
like other people do. Sally says, "You can't let other people
tell you how to look at the world or what you should be seeing
....because it isn't you." We aim here to foster individual
expression and bring to you interesting things to motivate and inspire
you to put your hands into the clay.
Once you do you'll know why we're here. It is a tactile, and emotional
art form. It is warm and soft and sensual. There is an intimacy of
finding a finger print of your swap mate on a rose petal...."aww,
that so and so's finger print."
Beings that polymer clay cures in less than a half hour, we get
immediate feed back. We are the most impatient of artists of all the
media I know about. Who else can take a slice of cane, and slap it to
an earring back, cure and go out wearing new earrings, or a necklace,
or chop and toss in a pocket watch pill case just so you can say
"It's time for Art." when ever someone asks you what time it
is? What other art form has such variety, covers to many uses, can be
so many different things but polymer clay.?
What these things are is now up to you to figure out. There are no
directions in the subconscious stirrings of your dreams and visions.
No one can pick out the one that will drive you to finish a piece but
than one you picked for yourself.
For I can only ask you to look at your clay packet's, only you can
find what you see in them.