Every Sunday, I try to head somewhere different to walk Jackson, the Wonder Dog. This morning we left the house early in an attempt to beat the triple digit heatwave and headed downtown to check out one of the newest urban housing/retail projects in Midtown Sacramento.
As usual, I keep my eyes peeled for cool, rusty metal objects and items to use in my mixed-media art pieces. By the construction site I found this metal circle that will probably be used in a found object sculpture or necklace, and a few blocks from the project I found a scratched penny in the gutter.
We continued our walk towards Broadway, passing lots of old Victorian homes and an assortment of 50's-60's era apartment buildings. On the corner of one of these buildings was a pile of boxes, a broken mattress, tons of fashion magazines, empty booze bottles and lots of cracked dishes. The boxes were mostly empty and the rest of the pile had been obviously well picked over.
Normally I pass by these curb-side mini-dumps but this morning I poked around a bit, looking for hidden treasures. I kicked aside a couple of empty boxes and found this beautiful statue of a faceless woman, head tilted nearly touching a big red heart held between her hands. Smiling, I immediately picked it up, recognizing the design as an Angel from the popular Willow Tree collectible sculptures. A true, albeit mass-produced work of art and to me, a true treasure.
Ironically, just yesterday afternoon I had been having lunch with an artist friend bemusing the creative funk I've been in, as we discussed burn-out and artistic dry spells. They happen to all creatives in various forms and intensities and I'm no stranger to them myself, though they usually happen right after a show and end after a few days. This one is lingering a bit longer than normal for me, and with Sac Open Studios just a few weeks away, I've been struggling a bit trying to get my artistic center back.
This year for the Tour, I'm focusing on my fused glass and have been working on several new concepts but nothing has clicked, making me excited enough to expand the idea into a series. I've been working on some dress forms and abstract figure designs both in glass as well as oils and acrylic paints, but they had felt forced and too defined. But thanks to this lovely Angel, I'm remembering how I felt in 2014 when I chose to paint 30 abstract figure paintings for a "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge, and realizing I had to do quite a few of these figures before I started getting looser and the figures started to appear intuitively. DUH - Patience and perseverance, Grasshopper - patience and perseverance!!
Finding this beautiful Angel in a pile of trash today is my sign from the Universe that the dry spell may very well be over. Between the lovely rusted round metal piece (circles are my sign for completion), the penny (my sign for good luck) and this exquisite statue (uh WOW), I'm feeling excited about heading into the studio again and am going in today, despite the ugly heat.
But first things first - I need to find the perfect spot for my latest treasure, as the new and official Muse of the glass studio. I can't wait to see what wonderful new creations she inspires!