It's a new year, and because resolutions are so yesterday, I've decided to ponder stuff instead.
My blog began back in 2010 as practice - sketching a piece every week was to keep me motivated. A few years later, the blog seemed to shift. It became a mission to document aspects of Maine I saw disappearing. We all know Maine is changing, and although the only constant is change, I felt a desperation, anger, frustration and great sadness - like there wasn't enough time to grasp what needed to be. It would all be gone before I could remember it.
The initiation of my calendar way back in 2004, Peaceful Places, was a conscious effort to switch from my 60s anti-war rants to pro peace thought experiments. We were constantly reminded of what war looked like, but were forgetting how peace felt. I thought maybe I could remind people through images and memories. And so it goes with the blog.
There are landscapes and scenes in this state that take my breath away. In that space where breath is momentarily suspended - between the inhale of what's to come, and the exhale of what has been - is a snapshot of wonderment, appreciation and profound peace. That fleeting, but very powerful place is where I endeavor to remain for as long as possible. It's my contribution to the peace movement.
Of course this doesn't mean I won't do everything in my power to eliminate all guns and other killing machines from the face of the planet!
Pondering Peace • 8" X 8" framed to 12" X 12" • $200