And it’s fall already? There’s a part of me that is still reluctant to relinquish the sweetness and carefree swing of summer but it’s all part of change and change is good. The crisp air and the changing leaves ushers in the need for transformation. I’m contemplating the same with my own artistic and personal endeavors and have been laying out plans for the upcoming months.
Perhaps the biggest change for me so far has been my ongoing romance with my darling Lulu (yes, I’m referring to my camera and no, I am not crazy for referring to her like she is a person). I have been taking her out during my excursions into the city and around my neighborhood. Photography is a wonderfully freeing, spontaneous art that I have really come to appreciate in the last several months. What I love most about my experiences with Lulu is that she helps me see things in a completely different light; a stair banister isn’t just a stair banister, but its nuances and curves become a tangible abstraction. The sky opens up to be a beautiful blue canvas that stretches above my head; a sun-kissed glass transforms itself a glittering world unto itself. And while I’m immersed in these experiences, all my cares and worries go out the window.In addition to exposing me to a whole new medium, I think delving into the photography realm will allow me to fire up my painting embers. I already have a few ideas for subject matter that I really want to paint based on some shots that I took, so as soon as I can squirrel away some time, I will be working on those little ideas.
And speaking of time, I think it’s high time for me to do a new show. I still have my works up at Broadway Suites until the end of October but I’d like to do another at a new location in Manhattan. At this point, I’d really like to do my own solo exhibition so I’m on the hunt for new venues that would fit well for my pieces. There’s such a rush in doing these events; being to interact with people and watch them study and comment on your pieces, seeing how they’re affected by it and hearing their interpretations. I always want to rush out and work on something new after doing these events, which is something I’m constantly reminding myself that I need to be doing.
In the meantime, I’ve been keeping busy with working on a few commissions for some upcoming projects and promoting my latest Art For A Cause project. In addition to having that project up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’ll also be selling a print of Medea for a silent auction at The Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey. Benefits from the sale will also be donated towards breast cancer research.
And with all that, I better get cracking! Pretty soon Fall will be over and winter will be winding it’s way around the corner.