Wednesday, August 24, 2011
WARMING UP WITH THE DOO WOPS
WILD GRASSES, 4 1/2" X 4 1/2", mixed media; a study
I've decided I'm not really very good at it. I can draw. I can paint--if I'm patient and put my head to it, but what has become perfectly clear over the summer is that I did choose the right path for me in life. As my art instructor said years ago, "you are a designer."
Yes,I am.--Yes, I was. But life has changed.
A designer by calling, I like daily interaction with people. I like designing spaces for them that make them comfortable and happy in their castles. I like the idea that folks get up and go into their bathrooms, take a shower where I built it, dry off with the warm towel specified within their reach, slip into the robe hanging on the hook I hung to the side and then pad down to the kitchen to pour an espresso or a latte or an American brew from their fancy built-in European Coffee machine in the cabinet where I had it installed. (Note I didn't mention that before they did all that, clients relieved themselves in the toilet I put as close to their bedroom as the space allowed--very important in bath design and first thing in the morning).
I liked working with numbers. I liked working with space. I like when it all came together and everyone was happy. Best of all,I liked working along side my honey; we were a great team.
I'm sorry that part of my life has come to an end. But I do love art and my head is turning three hundred and sixty degrees. I love splashing the paint and dancing to the music without a care in the world--except composition,balance, craftsmanship, integrity of the process, of the materials, beautiful surfaces and all the things we think about when we're up to our elbows in Thalo, Dioxinine, Cadmium.
So, no more dabbling. I'm in the game full time. I just have one small problem: Speedy production. Inches are not me. Feet is where I'm comfortable. Production of a quality product with footage takes time. At this stage of the game, I don't have much of it. So while my real name is Mr. Earl, Speedo is my objective.
I LOVE GROUPS WITH DOO WOP GUYS! THEY'RE A HOOT