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Pieces of me...

There came a time... When everything had changed, yet nothing had

Where the old pieces, parts of me, remained, and I knew they always would. And for that I was grateful.

However, I knew... these pieces needed to be reevaluated, reorganized, repurposed.

This painting, this process, this life...

All pieces of me.

Before, now, always...
- March 6, 2014


I have been guiding my latest round of Story Circles and we're talking about elements and principles of design... Line, shape, form, value, color, pattern, texture. All building blocks used to create a beautiful design.

As I prepped the lesson I found the following quote by designer Robert L. Peters:

"Design is the application of intent – the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident."

As I worked with the quote it got me thinking about design on many levels... designing everything from a two dimensional piece to one's life.

and then... I went back to life. I ran through our demolished main floor (long story), through our overflowing playroom and down to the basement to throw in a load of laundry. I navigated the piles of clutter and loaded the clothes and in my periphery saw my flat files of paintings and drawings... Decades of history.

We are in the midst of paring down, letting go, simplifying and I have been wondering when and how I would approach this with some of my old work. Many papers just quick studies but records of something I needed to capture and was not yet ready to let go of...

Suddenly I realized, on so many levels, there are parts of myself, physical and other, that will always be. Paintings, objects, memories, behaviors...

They can not be released, nor would I want them to be.  I can however reevaluate, reorganize, and repurpose them.

I can redesign with them...

I can redesign the visual work in to pieces that now better represent me and the objects, memories and behaviors in to a life that now better serves me and my family as well...