The Imbuing

Art, Personal

“I am increasingly interested in creativity, craft, handiwork, trauma, joy, and the creation of Things. Where time goes when you are in a state of awe creating something. It starts to sound sloppy and overwrought when I describe it, and most disappointingly like “Flow” but it’s more than that. I just haven’t figured out how to express it yet.”

Spoke & Hub blog: Place & Shape

I’m just sharing a quick thought I had when reading a friend’s blog post because it connected with some ways I’m trying to think about art I can create and some specific projects I’m thinking about.

Where does time go when you’re in that creation state? I think it goes into what you’re working on. I probably mean that metaphorically. You’re imbuing your work with a snapshot of time that includes your emotions, thoughts, intentions. That’s why you just have to actually do your thing whatever it is: write, paint, make weird web page collages. It’s a reflection of you at that time.

When I’m really connecting with a song for example, I like to think to myself something like: I bet they were feeling very similar overall to how I feel right now. Their experiences as expressed in the lyrics may or may not be similar to why I feel the way I do, but we can connect on the emotions those experiences caused. Sorry dude, I know how that feels.

Maybe that work was just for you to express something to yourself in a clearer format than the dispersed thoughts and feelings in your body. Maybe you’re doing it in this format because you purposely want to connect with others who will understand. You may later come back to it and reshape it according to your new moods, but the old ones always survive in the layers and edits.

The meaning and feelings of a given piece of art, regardless of format, is what you put into it over all those sessions working on it. Or just that one moment.

I’ve come to accept that I’ll just always have a couple dozen open projects I want to work on. I iterate on each of them slowly. Sometimes it’s administrative work with no real spirit in it, but it’s prepping for the next time I do have something real to put in it. Other times I have too much of the real stuff and it bursts out in a complete work or sputters away because I don’t have the skill or bravery to get it all out.



I like to pre-disappoint 1I find it disappointing that disappoint has two p’s. myself just enough so that my potential distress will be within an acceptable range.

Like, that fancy pepper jack and roasted peanuts snack in the fridge sounds perfect right now; I’m so excited to eat it!

But remember! (stern)

It’s been there a while. It’s definitely over the “best by” date. And there’s a small chance it’s old enough you might not actually want it. Just be prepared. ok? :awkard_smiley:

Front page pictures

Accessibility, Blog Meta, Photography

The front page to my website shows a random image each time you load it. Every now and then I add some new pictures and remove ones I’m tired of.
I enjoy refreshing the page over and over and readjusting the size of my browser window for each image to an aspect ratio I like for that particular image. Each one has a different shape that I enjoy most.
For example, I like this one to be tall:

A green volkswagen bug in a junk yard with a perfect patina.

But I like this one to be very wide and to make it look like the guy is sitting on a bench made by the links:

A black and white picture of the Portland Japanese garden where a man is peacefully reading a book in one of the stone gardens.

Anyway, I added some more pictures today.

If you’re using a screen reader on the front page I also have a short description of the image. Sometimes it’s just describing what is literally in the picture, but I also try to make it a little weird sometimes so that it’s as fun/weird an experience as for sighted users. My hope is that everyone visiting will think to themselves at some point something like “huh, that’s weird”, or “oh, that’s actually kind of pretty”.