Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lines 10...

Managed to finish the sky..was a labour of something. I seem to be spending less and less time working over the past few days. I find that I'm thinking about 'where I am' and 'why I am' quite a lot. It was a year ago today that I started working on 'Project Spectrum' which was funded for 10 weeks by 'Arts Council England'...a grant from whom I've since become aware is very difficult to get! A year on and I've produced lots of new work..developed my technique in colour and lots of other stuff. Now on these dark, damp and cold January evenings I find I'm questioning once again...It's not a negative thing, it's part of the constant need I feel I have to apply to my art the question..."is it worth the time and trouble?" I've had some wonderful and supportive comments from some of my regular readers..these are pretty much part of the reason I continue. I'm not saying I'm that vain that I need praise to create. No!..It's more like I feel a duty to make work assessable and challenging to the eyes and minds of others...and the day that fails to take place..I must either adapt or finish!

I am aware that in many areas I am woefully ignorant and tend to respond with the typical 'man in the street' mentality...This is after all what I am..I am often being made aware that my heart is in the right place as it were. But I do tend to say the wrong things and get the wrong idea. Take the 'space thing'..it is a red herring!..if I'd thought things through I'd have realised that there is so much good to come through the exploration and adaption to what is one of Man's basic desires: To find out about the place he lives in and 'what's over the hill'. Perhaps I should direct my questions to those nations who have abysmal human rights issues whilst spending money that could be used otherwise on posturing on the global stage. (Alert! Alert!..initiate sanity mode!)..

With that..I wish you peace and happiness...




4 comments:

Ps said...

Ah Niall,You seem to know exactly which strings to pull.You've started me off on an issue which I've kept bottled up with your words "to find out what is over the hill".
Do you know that 800 million people - one sixth of the developing world's population - suffer from hunger and the fear of starvation?For most of the past 50 years food production has outpaced rising demand. World population has doubled since World War II, but food production has tripled.Yet, many continue to die of startvation simply because WE are divided by geographical boundaries, which teach us us "They" and "us".Once this 'they' and 'us' become "WE", it will help eradicate hunger SO MUCH.
We are all humans--and like you said,the colour of blood, in all of us is red.
You and a 'man in the street' mentality?I strongly disagree--as it is evident from your blogs, your pictures, your thinking.You are not vain either. You are just too humble.Your work is AMAZING.
And as long as you follow your heart, I think nothing else will matter.

Bob-kat said...

I've met the man in the street. You're nothing like him :-)

Katherine said...

Nice! It's really coming along. I think it's completely normal to constantly question yourself and evaluate your feelings. Doing so helps you make changes or adapt when you need to. Keep going!

Katherine said...

P.S. BobKat - hilarious comment!