Sunday, August 10, 2008

You say it's your birthday

Yup it was yesterday and I had to work - boo hoo. Of course it could be worse, I could be stuck inside Afghanistan which is not a pretty place right now for anyone of the female species. More on that latter.
  • I was working on a power point presentation that I will give tomorrow to the Sacramento Bee's feature reporters about creativity. I hadn't used power point in years, but I remembered that it was fairly easy to use, which it was. Last time I used it was for a set for The Waiting Room, a play Maggie Upton directed for Beyond the Proscenium back in 2000 I think. Seems odd to think that it's been 8 years - yikes - time she's a flying.
I don't know how or if I'm going to put the presentation on line. But I would like to share with you a very inspiring quote that's applicable to all the arts. Allegedly Martha Graham, the doyenne of modern dance told this to Agnes DeMille (yes, Cecile's niece) who was primarily a musical choreographer whose most famous ballet is Rodeo set to the music of Aaron Copeland .
  • "There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist in through any other medium and (will) be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
I also just updated the Flickr site with a couple of pieces of new art - check it out!
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