Art Continues to Change my Life

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing”

~ Pablo Picasso (source)

Trickle of Water--Cropped Image
Trickle of Water–Cropped Image

Permission to Crop

I haven’t done the big reveal yet, but it is coming. This photo and the last are both clipped from a larger photograph that will be posted later this week. Both plus the original are good compositions. The image above was the intended focal point of the original and it still is. By cropping this image, I am drilling down to its essence.

Over the last few days, I have considered this whole idea about of impressionism and its relationship to my photographs and work, my art, and my place in the art world. No conclusions reached, but I have to admit I do get discouraged at times. I’m not as good as I want to be, not noticed for my efforts as I wish to be, and can’t stop working and creating new pieces. Maybe it is grandiosity and I should be happy that I have the tools at my disposal to create as I wish and be absorbed in the work when I chose to photograph and create my digital images. Perhaps, maybe I am too distracted by work and family. Perhaps, one day after I retire, I will be able to laser focus, but until then I will continue to play, get lost in my artwork as I blend, crop, alter, shift color, and try to speak to what I see and feel.

Bill Hendricks (Shadowmason)

Author: ShadowMason

ShadowMason is the online persona of Bill Hendricks. Bill teaches at Minneapolis Community Technical College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He teaches graphic and web design. He is an artist and holds a MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In his position at MCTC he appreciates the opportunity to assist his students to build a career in design and visual communications. He regards this as a special gift; as a way to show his appreciation to all that assisted and taught him.

3 thoughts on “Art Continues to Change my Life”

  1. This entry was particularly good. Love the quote, love the image, and I believe many can relate to how you feel. Keep it coming – can’t wait to see the big reveal!

  2. Fabulous textures and colors! And terrific insight – TOTALLY relate to the frustrations of not being as good as I want, and not feeling acknowledged as I want – even though I kinda hate myself for the latter. And DEFINITELY share the inability to STOP making stuff. It just won’t stop! Keep creating – creating is living. <3

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