well my blog sure seems to be on the dull side. pipes is all i got going on. and thats a good thing for right now. i seem to have a little schedule of sorts: i get up and check online stuff. have a sale to tend to on etsy. pack up the vase and ride my bike to the post office and ship it. i've not been to the bone house to do anymore mosaic work since there are cleaning jobs to do before students move in aug 1. after that i'm sure i will have 1 or 2 cleaning gigs each month and thats IT. which is fine, i will miss the work YES I SAID MISS IT...its crazy isn't it? i've been enjoying getting up and working and sweating and making some money. i think my increased sales on etsy have a lot to do with my mental state right now. when it's just cleaning apartments with no art energy moving life seems hopeless and really fucking hard. while i know i can't keep making vases forever i am enjoying it while it lasts. it isn't something i can sustain. i need lots of good weather so i can drag everything outside and work. i think our rainy season is coming and then i'm stuck inside and no cutting of metal is going to happen.
by then i will be ready for something else. by then the bone house will be done and dan will be working on other projects. if i am inclined i can keep doing mosaic work for min. wage...his new project is a huge recycling warehouse in houston that wants him to do interior mosaic work on all the walls. ugh. its fantastic for HIM and the community will love it, just mosaic still makes me a little dizzy. i like doing it here and there and will do what i can ~ but day in and day out full time nu-uh. at least cleaning apartments i can move around and not be stuck sitting on my ass. funny how we all have our likes and dislikes. i'm sure there are plenty of people who LOVE doing mosaic work. god bless em i aint one of them.
as for art of other kinds, i have no clue what is next. i think about more trays. i think about using those reflectors i found if i can figure out how to get all that tar off of them. i think about more functional objects to make. small things. i'm still working on pushing my larger pieces so i can have more space. i'm living a fairly simple mindless life right now. i have to say it is a relief. i still can't believe i am so satisfied making these vases, there isn't much room for creativity and yet it is so satisfying. they are just perfect vessels these pipes. all i'm doing is making them useful again. maybe there is a correlation between them and me. i'm just trying to be useful again. that was something i 'lost' when i stopped being a therapeutic massage therapist. maybe that is why functional 'art' feels so good to me. i like things having a purpose. a use. not just a visual pleasure as much as actual function. one isn't better than the other necessarily, just my own preference right now. maybe i am a blue collar artist. literally. i probably will never make elitist works. it isn't my style. not me. i am still a nuts and bolts simple...down and dirty kind of artist. not slick. not manufactured. not learned. i'm flawed and perhaps i like my art that way as well.