I am finding inspiration everywhere lately. During the Gaelic festival times of Imbolc, part of celebrating the end of Winter and the coming of Spring is to literally clean your home, but also to clean out your mind. This makes way for new things–ideas and purpose–to grow, much like prepping the soil of the garden. What do we want to plant? What would we like to tend? I have been turning the soils and feeling the cold dark earth warming in the afternoons and it is a very exciting time. Already, since trying to free my mind of clutter, I feel the brave, hyper-green, delicate seeds germinating and sprouting within. Running, biking, walking, weeding and not obsessing about the future have helped clear the way and I am grateful.
I’ve been recommitting myself to art, through learning about biology. It is stirring the sediments. Photography has been the main focus lately, but fun methods of collage, blind contour drawing, and street art have also been stirring the pot. I have been enjoying photographing specimens through the microscope in the lab immensely! I joined social media on a new level with Instagram, @lifeofspencepnw, which is not something I thought I would ever do. However, I have found many friends, new artists, adventurers, authors and over-all bad-asses who are currently positively influencing me more than I could have imagined.
One such an adventurer is Renee ‘She-ra’ Patrick, (https://sherahikes.com/ and https://www.wearehikertrash.com/), champion of thru-hiking and the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator! Also, Brian Donnelly, from Portland, OR. Watch his film on BikePacker.com (http://www.bikepacking.com/plog/from-the-doorstep-film/) about how adventure doesn’t have to be about expensive gear, going far, or even getting in your car! Artists and writers such as Linda Barry and Craig Childs, ignite my imagination, while also freeing me to operate through life as a connected, yet independent cell.
Below is the tentative draft of my art-busy-ness cards. I received feedback from several friends and it looks like I’m heading off to print these soon. Much like Everett Ruess and Jean-Michel Basquit, I want to live life a little more boldly and authentically. Perhaps walking right up to Jimmy Chin, Chris Jordan or heidi k. brandow or one of the thousands of Women Eco Artists of WEAD and have a grand conversation! Something in the past I have always been too shy to do.
Groundhog Day falls around the same time frame of Imbolc, halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Apparently this year the groundhog did not see his shadow, and it is predicted that there will be an early Spring. With all that I have experienced so far in 2019, I can hardly wait to explore “what else will happen?” What can we make happen together?