Pavilions in the Parks 1968
Things are changing in life. They always do; things never stay the same and I've learnt it's good to be able to go with the flow of change (although not always easy).
My eldest sister who I get on with sooo well is moving to France. I wish her luck but I know I will miss her. My parents are reaching a grand age and with that comes a time for support and care to switch positions. The four of us siblings are gathered in London this week (maybe for the last time all living in the UK) to help my father clear 50 years and more of his own art, research and well, many, many other things in his studio.
Given that ArtLacuna only opened May 3rd and we've just whizzed through, at high speed, a series of events (that went really well by the way!) I am thoroughly exhausted, and clearing out my father's studio is, well, a MAMMOTH TASK.
Currently we are scratching the surface. But what I'm finding is an intriguing history into the life and times that is my father. When I say unusual man, anyone who has met him can claim testament to that. He has had the strongest conviction in life to do what he feels he has a calling to do and it's a very unusual one. I respect that in him and in fact I respect that in anyone. Maybe that's where I get some of my own inspiration from in life to do what calls me - it takes practice for some (like me) though! I am even in a show with him next month (watch this space).
I found images of him as a young man with Buckminster Fuller - I realise he had the guts and compulsion to contact those who inspired him requesting to work with, or visit them. I realise this is a format for many who have had 'success' in their chosen field. Contact; connection and the confidence to do that. Try it too?
I have found art proposals for things he did that I never even knew about (see image at top). Fantastic proposals for amazing art projects (he went to Central St. Martins and the RCA back in the day) and I am both enthralled and inspired.
In that studio are gems that are objects, but there are also gems that are thoughts, ideas, ways of life, projects, research. The things that make me giddy with excitement because they hold potential, because they connect, because they push life and daily existence beyond the mundane parameters that it can so often have, and they are not objects. Oh to create adventures, to pursue connections, to realise ideas and to manifest 'art' as a way of life - that is sooo exciting.
I will share a some of the photos with you soon (if I'm allowed) because they are so amazing. Another thing that arises out of those who like art - lots of photos: taken in large format; unusual format; black and white; documenting a life, an existence, a history. The buds of a new project are forming in me too. In a world with so much emphasis on celebrity culture which at times I find empty I am inspired by the less heralded lives of those who have done great, interesting and life-changing things. I'd love to see more of that too. But maybe the secret is, as Gandhi says, to: "be the change you wish to see in the world" - my favourite quote that's been at the bottom of blog since its inception.
Try it too. Do what you wish to see in the world. This brings me nicely on to a friend of mine who contacted me recently telling me about her latest adventures. We originally met through Art (Mel did a degree at a similar time to me and we used to go to art salons together), but Mel who is an idea's fuelled inspirer is doing lots of wonderful work with others using her business skills as well as creative skills and so together we've teamed up for a wonderful offer........
The Immersion Experience
Mel works with women who are freelancers and small business owners and helps them develop strategies and vision to excel in both business and life. She has a fantastic event coming up centred on: Confidence, Vision, Action, Time Money + more. As a friend I'm able to offer anyone who signs up via this blog an amazing £100 off (original price £297) the event on May 29th. If you wish to sign up and/or find out more, head over here: The Immersion Experience. Mel and what she does is amazing, I guarantee it will be fab :) You can tell me about it afterwards if you go! ;) You can also connect with what Mel's doing here: @GetOnPurpose and if you would like a taster, there is a free webinar this Saturday 25th May: womenonpurpose.
Speaking of purposeful women, I've just discovered this project if you wish to take part via @yokoono: http://www.imaginepowerarising.com/
I will be back soon with more.
PS the experimental art e-course is going well, the experimenting has begun, if you wish to join in with us there are still a couple of spots left!
PPS thank you to all those who shared words of support regarding my post below. All is well I do believe :)