Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.
It's been an interesting week filled with ups and downs. Downs are important so you have some contrast to allow you to see the good stuff for what it is: fantastic. So what was so fantastic? I've been trying to do some figuring out as to where to go and point my laser beam as far as my art is concerned. I want a direction, not to limit myself but to see what I can add to it and where I can take it. A little focus wouldn't be a bad thing and it seems that I got some interesting nudges.
First off I read a blog post from a friend, Jenny from Love and Peas, that I greatly admire. She said something that should have started with “B….” and gone on from there because it was something that allowed me to take a second look with eyes a little better to see. It's great when someone speaks like they can read your mind, and that's just how this hit me.
Last night I took the hour drive into the city to meet a friend for dinner at a great little restaurant. Afterwards we drove the entire half a block to listen to Sean O'Connell talk about his work and inspiration at one of the local potters guilds. I hung off every word for the entire hour. His work has drawn me in since I first saw it last term at ACAD but now that I've heard him lecture about his process and everything I love it all even more. I took away so much from the night but the one that is solidly planted in my mind is that I want to do what he does, but my own way, in whichever medium I choose to focus on. He's well spoken, great with words, he takes inspiraton from the world around him and creates amazing conversations without uttering a single word.