I was walking in the woods in Flagstaff and noticed this beautiful pattern in the bark of a tree.It reminds me of what I am noticing a lot lately, which is the patterns in my life, and those around me, and how they shape my reactions to events. I think a lot of the patterns are old ones, maybe not even conscious considerations, merely habits I got into way back when, probably for survival, at an early age.
But do they serve me now? Often not, I am thinking. They are in continuity, because I have acted the same for so long I have dug a deep groove where I am familiar, hence comfortable. I often recognize them in others. How am I doing with myself? There is the ongoing experiment.
The same can certainly happen with our art. We are almost encouraged to Re create that which sells. So, what I can do is to make each single piece as unique as possible, truly a "one of a kind" even if it is in a certain style. Hence I don't get bored. And every time there is a show, I like to go way out of the mold for a different look entirely. That seems to be a good way to break out of life's old habits also,to just act or think unlike what is the old me. When I do it often enough, I will make a new pattern.
Surely there are those who share these observations also. I would love your feedback.