The interview – old and new

I had the fortune today of being interviewed for a girl’s senior project today. It felt good to be able to share some of my experiences with her. It was awesome to have an emotional rekindling.

This interview was healthy for me and just what I needed. I took a few of my older pieces, from the time that I first started putting myself out into the world as an artist and a couple newer pieces to show her how art continues to grow. It stunned me as well. I’m not used to looking at new and old side by side like that.

We talked about books and art, both my work and others.

After yesterday, which was a very negative day from beginning to end — yup, even as I was getting ready for bed and just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did — today helped me to rekindle my own personal flames. I hadn’t realized they’d been down to embers.

A blast from the past:

Ice Castle
2.5″ x 3.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2014 Dawn Blair

Or maybe I have realized that my internal passions were dwindling but not as deeply as I should have noticed until today. Maybe my eyes are just uncovered now. Perhaps that was what I needed.

I thought I’d put up the “blast from the past” picture. That one is about the midpoint of those I showed to my interviewer today. It is still one of my favorites. I sort of wish I’d kept it. I don’t keep a whole lot of my art. I create it and I have fun while doing so, but once it’s done, I want it to go somewhere else to be appreciated. It’s a way that energy flows. I can’t hold onto it. I have to be satisfied with the moment it is with me.

I need more of that in my life. I’m glad I was reminded of that today.