Saturday, December 26, 2009

Meeting of Minds

Artists are frequently solitary creatures. Much like the ravens pictured above they often fly solo but when they meet there is a great deal of chatter that takes place. I am not sure what information Ravens impart to each other when they meet in a venue, but with artists the conversation can be difficult to track if you are an outsider.

My jeweler friend, Jessica, invited me to Christmas dinner and some studio time. I am a newbee with jewelry as painting is my current focus. I say current because any artist seems to leave a trail of bread crumbs, previous artistic loves, behind them. The common denominators are there in all arts - design, composition, seeking the limits, colors, balance, etc. And what changes are the techniques used. The more you explore your particular art the more you know the limits. This can be good and bad. The good is you are always seeking that edge. The bad part is that it can make you a bit stale.

So artists of my acquaintance are workshop junkies or collectors of books on arts, visitors of galleries, etc. Yesterday's invitation by Jessica was a wonderful Christmas present. I got to pop into her world and learn something outside my "field of vision," and through my innocent questions give her peeks into "why not's." After we covered the basics of metal folding she went to one area of the studio and I to another and "created" but a certain energy or synergy began to develop.

In to this mix came Ethan who also does jewelry and wood work with more questions and ideas. By the time the Christmas repast was served, excellently cooked by Ronnie, I should have been exhausted but I was high as a kite. Dinner conversation bounced around from wood to metal to cooking. After dinner wood dominated the conversation with the men and us women talked of opening new gallery platforms for our work, new directions we wanted to explore, and the glory of "lab time" or tithing which is possible in the depth of winter. Time to refuel our creative juices.

What amazes me often is how far forward I can go in my particular chosen art of the moment by stepping into the art of another for a recess as it were. How wonderful it is for solitary birds to meet up on a patch of snow and chatter. Do you think Ravens fly differently after they meet?

Note: to see a folded metal pendant previously made by Jessica Duke.


  1. What a lovely and stimulating Christmas for you. I'm intrigued by this metal folding - what exactly is it?

    Happy Boxing Day! It's certainly a time for all of us to take stock and make take new directions. Enjoyed this post.

  2. Make that "maybe take new directions."

  3. To see one of the pieces Jessica has previously made:

  4. I went along for the viewing and she
    really has gorgeous pieces displayed; love her stone choices and the surrounds to complement them!

  5. What is the saying?...birds of a feather...

  6. Oh, this was a great post and I'm only sorry that I just got around to reading it. I love ravens, which the Chinese are typically frightened by because of their being cultural Asian symbols of 'death'; whereas, to the Celts, they're literary symbols of 'messengers'. Perspectives are funny that way!

    I was thinking too that, not only with metal work, but one art can often overlap and enhance another rather than get in its way. Since my art is mostly the written word, I can only say how much my early lessons in music with instruments, dance, singing and acting on stage, have helped me later on to add multi-dimensions to characters and flesh out descriptions of scenes, where I actually feel the rhythm and flow of words as I work my craft. Too, in my early twenties I worked with glass, having a special affinity for prisms and how light plays on and filters through glass, often likening it to the human soul in its ever changing radiance. This too has very much intrigued me and caught up my days with much musing and external dialog with others.


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