“Amateurism is an emptiness and I accept it because it has no preconceived ideas or rules to be applied. This is for me a most welcome situation and I like to keep my students amateurs and dilenttantes.”
Considering what our life path looks like, quite literally. If we traced our paths from the moment we became mobile until the day we no longer moved, what would those images look like? There have been artists who have explored this concept, and it is fun to consider. While from afar I’m sure they would look a great deal like this, if we expanded, enlarged each individual’s life path… I’d be willing to bet they would be as distinct and unique as a fingerprint.
Memorial Day has come and passed. I don’t remember a life before, or without, military influence. Father, step-father, uncles, grandfather’s, cousins… if they aren’t military they married military. Marine Corps pilots, the Airforce, it is all there… and even though, somehow I never learned to make a paper airplane! It actually boggles my mind, now that I’m thinking about it. Surely at some point someone had to at least have shown me. Even if they did, it obviously didn’t make much of an impression on my young mind. I had already seen and flown in planes and helicopters. Paper airplanes aren’t that impressive when compared to the real thing. But I still feel like I missed out on something. So I tried to fold this airplane, but I won’t lie, I had my significant other fold it for me, it only took him all of a minute. Then I flew it… yeah it went about a foot and instantly began its decent into a crash landing about three feet away. Now I know why this is a contest! Crafting paper airplanes that fly the distance is no easy task. I can’t say when the next time will be, that I ~
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”
Circles have an interesting history for me, as I found out early in school that I was really quite good at drawing almost perfect circles with no aids, such as a compass. Good for me too, since I can’t draw a straight line to save my life! This was also one of Picasso’s favorite assignments for new artists, to draw a perfect circle. I even did a little research, and it seems there is a World Championship for free-handing circles. They fascinate me as they would most observers of the world, especially with the human inclination to make things straight, in a line, and with right angles, I almost crave the circle, the curve, the non-linear. Even my daughter had a hard time resisting the urge to interact while I worked to ~
*This project was a great chance to use up all that cardstock I’ve holding onto. Hated the patterns and designs, but I didn’t want to throw it away. The silver circles were made using Artist Loft brand craft paint and some free stickers from promotional junk mail.