It is with GREAT pride and joy and I announce to you guys a new blog by none other than my my friend, my mentor, my scrap buddy, my partner in life: Tod.
For those of you who haven't delved into my blog past, a quick recap of things. (you other people will be bored so just click the link)
I met Tod shortly after I decided I was going to live in Vermont. I had been camping and met an artist/ B&B owner while I was still camping who told me to stay with her until I found a place to live. My 2nd day at her place Tod popped by to buy some veggies from her farm. He had said he didn't really even want to, but he felt this pull to go. The minute he showed up the woman I was staying with said 'Oh good, Tod!, you must meet him'. She didn't really even know him save for the few times he came down to buy veggies. He and I ended up talking for hours. The three of us made dinner and all told Tod and I spent 12 hours talking that day. He left at midnight.
We became fast friends. Within a few months he asked me to move in with him where he was care taking. He encouraged me to do photography when he saw a picture I had taken. He has been with me every step of the way in this journey of becoming an artist. He has seen my process grow and change. He has gone with me on scrap scrounges. He has helped me learn to use tools, get art shows up and celebrated every step of the way. When I first met him he was, what we both call ' floating'. Kind of done with the world as we know it, on his way to enlightenment. We joke that when I met him I yanked him back down from his cloud. Popped his bubble.
Tod has an eye for art. He is interested in art. He is finding his way in art. He says things, knows things and thinks things that I don't have the patience or understanding for. He is like an interpreter. I am going towards no thinking. It isn't conscious as much as it just seems to be what is happening to me. I've spent my life imprisoned in my mind. Becoming an artist has freed me from that prison. I think as little as possible. I don't want to study or effuse. I don't want to think. Period. That isn't to say I don't enjoy hearing what Tod thinks about. On the contrary. I am excited about his blog because I know that he has many interesting things to say about art. Found Objects. Collecting. The process of the journey of art. I can see through his words and it is healing. I can't get outside of myself to really grasp what has and is happening. We are both on a journey, separate and together.
I can't help but to think that he has something to offer artists and non-artists with his new blog. I believe this could be a missing link in the art arena. I hope you will find it interesting and engaging. He has spent untold hours looking at, studying, searching, seeing and being with art and found objects, I have no doubt in my mind he has something very valuable to share.