There are two quotes that I seem to go back to when I think about my art and where it has taken me.
The first: "I once read somewhere that most cultures have a word in their vocabulary which defines that event or activity — when Time does not exist. Creativity leads us into the Now where past regrets and future worries are not permitted. Time becomes meaningless in the face of Creativity." These thoughts from Fred Babb, always come to me when I disappear for hours into the studio.
The second quote, by Oliver Wendell Holmes — "One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it original dimensions." — applies to the new work I created since learning the clay monoprint process. It has allowed a freedom of expression and movement that my oil and acrylic painting doesn't. It has also allowed me to combine my ceramics experience with painting in a way I never expected. The resulting work invokes Asian art, pure abstraction and sometimes fabric patterning. The images dance tumble, recede and come forward, looking both aged and new.
What more could an artist desire? Endless time within the parameters of real time and the freedom of creativity. I am blessed.