Tuesday, May 5, 2009


When it comes to my craft, I have an almost Shaker like philosophy, “Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” With that said, I have a difficult time making art for the sake of Art. I have struggled with this for many years. I remember my pottery teacher telling me to go beyond convention and function, 'be abstract,' he told me, 'push past the norm.' Good advice, and while I did try, in the end I came home with many lovely, yet functional, bowls and cups.

Certainly this is in part due to insecurity and the audacity I believe it would take to call myself an artist. So, I color inside the lines of form + function with an occasional foray to the outer limits of creativity. Whilst not everything I make or create is necessary, it generally has some usefulness. I am proud of this. Still, I do think that pushing beyond that and challenging ones self, facing fears and reaching for greater creativity, is also useful.

All this preamble just to tell you that I start a photography class tonight, goodness!

While photography certainly has purpose and function, I find it also exists of itself. I can take a photograph that is purely artistic (to my sensibilities) and let go of some of my controlled observations. It is one way I intend to look outside of myself, find inspiration and hopefully have some Art to hang on my wall.

Wish me luck.


bigheadedbob said...

LN, know some of that Diane will rub off on you, best of luck

d/iowa said...

you don't need luck- you've got the serious artsy fartsy gene.
can't wait to see more of your talents unfold :)
love the pic! :)

stacebro said...

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you, my dear, are 110% artist--in many different genres. Sorry, sunshine.

Mare said...

Good luck friend! I am thinking of looking for a photography class too. My new camera is lovely but i think i could use a class on how to work the darn thing! Csn't wait to see the new photos!!!