To Dream You Have To Rest, and last week I was resting on holiday- a short break with my family.
We packed in lots of activity on the short holiday and it was really great fun. In Ireland we say a change is as good as a rest and that is so true.
When you make art it is really easy to get into a rut.
You noticed, of course, that I didn’t do my weekly post… That was because I was taking a digital break as well.
So I’m trying out lots of new things at the moment, new approaches to writing, to drawing and to playing music. More on that very soon…
There are lots of dates with groups and different activities coming up. When I get confirmation on all of that I will announce them soon. Also there will soon be a “virtual album launch”… Watch this space…
The image above is the image of three characters, three dream characters, I did it a good few months ago.
You can find all of these images here at this link.
Not much to say this weekend
I don’t really have much to say, its more work in progress at the moment…
Headless Office Worker Everyday Life and this is what this week was like…
Running around from one job to another, doing my best to finish off things. And then finally at the end of Sunday night one more thing on my to do list: write something that I did in relation to creativity. I don’t know if anyone has noticed but I have kept up this weekly thing publishing creative notes here on the website.
Maybe I should stop
It is that time when you do anything: maybe I should stop. And in reality you probably should. And still you continue on. So if there is an aspect that maybe you should, there is also an aspect that you should maybe continue as well. Nobody knows the answer to this one. It is easy to know it in hindsight.
It’s easier if you’re not an artist
These are some of the ideas that run through your head. Nobody knows this. I don’t know it. Maybe it’s easier being someone else. Maybe it isn’t. Sometimes it’s not really that easy being yourself. Who am I? I don’t know. Maybe I’m not an artist. So maybe that wouldn’t be that much easier. If I’m already not an artist, then what would be easier?
If you want to own something, give it away
So I’m thinking about this festival that we’re getting ready for, I mentioned it in last week’s post it’s called “Revons Rue” and it’s an association and they are organising this big parade and I’m going to be helping rappers who are going to be rapping in English. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m also trying to think what will I actually teach them. I teach a lot. I love teaching. One of the things I noticed with teaching is that if you want to know how to do something then you can teach it. So I’m hoping that I’ll learn about rapping once I start teaching! I’m thinking about all the aspects of using the voice that I do. The improvised aspects, the texture of the voice, the spoken aspect, the rhyming, the storytelling, the playing with words and most importantly of all the local aspect. Being yourself as you are (whoever that is!).
Bord cadre is the theme, and I think it means edge of the frame, the outsider, the side edge. It is also a wordplay on the “hors cadre” outside the frame… Being on the edge of who you are. You know who you are by the edges of yourself.
Too much time on social media
I don’t know who I am anymore. I don’t think I ever did. Maybe I look back and think I knew better. So I was looking today at that social media thing and at the moment it tells me what I was doing a year, two years ago, three years ago (four years already?). I don’t remember a lot of the things. So it threw up the watercolour above. This was part of a project with Hélène Letteron called Kiosk 63 and we did that over a year ago. So I was looking at that image and then I got an email from Underpressure and the first track from that session was this one of everyday life and working (in the link above).
This is messy
This post is not tidy. It doesn’t make sense. Its a way of saying to myself : keep on keeping on. I say it to myself but I say it to you too. Hopefully at the end of this messy process, if you follow these weekly posts, you’ll be able to look back and say yes that all started here.
If not I hope it gives you some ideas of your own. Underpressure is all improvised. We start playing. We don’t really talk about what we are doing. It’s messy too. Painting is messy. So many creative things are messy.
Accept the mess
That’s this weeks lesson: accept the mess. Sometimes to make things you have to do things that look, sound, smell terrible. That’s part of the game.