July 10th, 2006
magical secrets


I’ve been remiss in posting lately for the following reasons (you guess which one is untrue)…
a. I have been packing up everything I own so that it fits in the car.
b. I’ve been finishing a book.
c. I’m rebelling a bit.
d. I’ve been living in the world more.
e. I have not felt the call to work in this medium.
f. I’ve been hunting in the wilds of the amazon, and was briefly kidnapped by a unidentified tribe of natives.
So the packing is almost complete, goodbye dinners have been had, and within a few days we will begin our journey east into the unknown. I can say honestly and with a sense of calm that I have no idea what the next year will bring. What I know for sure is that I have two book projects to finish, we have a fantastic apartment in Troy (on a street that feels like victorian england), I will spend my time exploring New England, enjoying the fall and the colors and the landscape (oh lakes and ponds how I have missed you). I will read and read and read, (once the books are done), find fireplaces with large couches, drink tea, and eat lots of healthy food. I may take a course or teach one. I will add some color to my new town. I will grow in new and sometimes challenging ways. And I will try to remain open to whatever the universe brings my way, (even though it may not always be comfortable.
This week I had an incredible time exploring the De Young gallery in Golden Gate Park, (I highly recommend the observatory and the Andy Goldsworthy piece). I was also excited about and wanted to share with you a special exhibit of prints from Crown Point Press, to which there is a delightful companion book entitled, “Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively -the art of etching and the truth of life.” There is also a website. There were so many gems in this show that I walked around writing constantly in my journal. My favorite pieces somehow incorporated the concept of chance, one being a print which was created by various people drawing marks on a plate by running and jumping with a dry point tool. And the John Cage pieces which were created randomly, (I don’t want to give away too much of the show in case you see it.) By the end of my visit I was giddy. So many good ideas in one place. Many of the echoing my own creative sentiments as of late. (I like art to involve the concepts of randomness, spontenaety, and hopefully some element of surprise.)
Another gem that I came away with from the book, which applies to both life and art, (and the thing that I most needed to hear at the time, and all throughout this period of change)…
“As you continue, which you will do, the way to proceed will become apparent.” ~John Cage
no need to worry about what comes next.

Jul 10 2006
6:04 pm
Arlyn writes:

That John Cage quote that you ended with speaks volumes to me about my current situation, as a relationship of more than a year’s duration looks like it is drawing to an end. I am finding that as I pay attention to the moment (including thinking closely about the dreams that are coming to me right now) and keep putting one foot in front of the other, the answers are gradually coming clear. Elegant, elemental wisdom apropos for all of life, not just making art, as you eloquently point out. Thanks once again for somehow providing just the right quote at just the right moment!

Jul 10 2006
7:00 pm
Leonie writes:

blessed be your lush journey…
thank you for sharing your journey, and for being Honest about your intention and truths.
blessings,
Leonie

Jul 10 2006
7:18 pm
Loretta writes:

Good luck in your move east! My son attends the school where you are going. He’s an engineering student. I’ll tell him to look out for your husband’s class.

Jul 10 2006
9:56 pm
beastmomma writes:

Thank you for sharing the John Cage quote. It really resonates with me right now as I feel in tremendous transition.

Jul 11 2006
6:41 am
Jen writes:

Thank you for the wonderful post. I have just received a job to teaching in England and my husband and I have been trying to frantically put everything in place for the move in one month…haha… Your post offered me wonderful encouragement and a sense of peace and I thank you for that. Have fun with your travels:)

Jul 11 2006
9:53 am
Courtney B writes:

It’s great to hear from you again! I always look forward to your posts.
Good luck on your move! That’s a long drive!

Jul 11 2006
9:54 am
nadine writes:

I look forward to your stories of the move and your new surroundings. Godspeed to you!

Jul 11 2006
10:19 am
Nina writes:

I am always dead envious of everybody who moves to a new place. Sure it

Jul 11 2006
11:24 am
Summer writes:

Miss K–
The state of New York welcomes you! You should come to NYC before mid September and see the Eva Hesse sculpture exhibit at the Jewish Museum!
Safe travels!
xo
S

Jul 11 2006
11:29 am
Lisa writes:

Best of luck in your move. It sounds wonderful actually. I would love to pick up an move to a new place at this moment. I vist New York often and it is a wonderful state.

Jul 11 2006
5:59 pm
susanna writes:

Hey Keri, Good luck with the move. I’m excited for you…so many new possibilities are coming your way. I’m looking forward to hearing about your new life in Troy.

Jul 11 2006
6:13 pm
Donavan writes:

The end quote spoke to me too, a lot.
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and have found that the more I find out what I don’t want, the more I see exactly what I do want.
Living the questions into the answers and all that jazz.
I will sometimes take what the universe provides with a smile, sometimes kicking and screaming, but I will keep walking even if my feet are killing me.
Then I’ll take a nap and have some cookies and milk.
Thank you for this post, it has given me much to ponder.
Good to have you back in the Wish Jar.
Bon Voyage!

Jul 11 2006
6:22 pm
Charmaine writes:

Thank you Keri. I just recently made a move overseas to Prague and though I still find the city exciting and beautiful, it’s been hard at times. There are too many questions and not enough answers right now but I’ll try to be patient and be open. Your post is perfect. Good luck with the move.

Jul 11 2006
6:46 pm
RD writes:

A timely post for me as well. Our family also is packing and moving in a couple of weeks and everything feels very uncertain. I’m trying to keep an open mind and an open spirit. We move forward, waiting for the way to make itself known.

Jul 11 2006
6:59 pm
cecilia writes:

savia sabia
—————
suertes nuevas!
:)

Jul 12 2006
1:46 am
khani writes:

Keri..you are such a sweet sensitive soul..I told you your life would change when you were stuck awhile back..I read your first posts and I loved Miss Bea and all the good recipes..what happened to the food part of your posts? It was incrediably cool..
I think you will have a wonderufl adventure and be content and happy..
Khani

Jul 12 2006
1:51 am
Cait writes:

oh keri, how you inspire me.
i’ve been lurking about your blog for quite a while..just haven’t commented.
i’m so envious of your lifestyle – it seems lovely.
i was so relieved to see an update when i checked today
i’m glad youre safe from the unidentified tribe.

Jul 12 2006
10:13 am
susanna writes:

I came across a quote today that made me think of you:
Our spontaneous action is always the best. You cannot, with your best deliberation and heed, come so close to any question as your spontaneous glance shall bring you. -Emerson

Jul 12 2006
10:47 am
rosie writes:

“As you continue, which you will do, the way to proceed will become apparent.” ~John Cage
This is the mantra I have been looking for this week. Thank you Keri.

Jul 13 2006
2:30 pm
marion barnett writes:

We made our big move about two years ago, from the Highlands of Scotland to rural Norfolk, UK. I hope you will find yourself as well placed, and well suited, as we have. Not to mention the downright happy bit!

Jul 13 2006
9:19 pm
Debbie writes:

Those of us in the region of your new home will certainly welcome you with open arms! We’ve been long admirers of your work and books. You’ve been and continue to be a wonderful inspiration! And if you give a class have no worries that you will easily fill them!
Thank you for the wonderful quote. We all are in transition – even those of us who don’t know it!!

Jul 14 2006
12:58 am
Swirly writes:

I can’t believe you mentioned the Crown Point Press show. I just read a blurb about it in the LA Times and circled it to go see it this weekend.
Safe travels my dear.

Jul 14 2006
11:58 am
Anonymous writes:

We moved so much when I was little, and I used to regret the separations it brings about. But as I grow older I find that I am excited and somehow comforted by the concept of moving, especially drastic moves such as your “journey east into the unknown.” I love the sense of beginnings, of picking up and starting over, building from the ground up. This post filled me up with that sweet whisper of adventure. You have a great power to evoke such senses with your words.

Jul 14 2006
11:58 am
Anonymous writes:

We moved so much when I was little, and I used to regret the separations it brings about. But as I grow older I find that I am excited and somehow comforted by the concept of moving, especially drastic moves such as your “journey east into the unknown.” I love the sense of beginnings, of picking up and starting over, building from the ground up. This post filled me up with that sweet whisper of adventure. You have a great power to evoke such senses with your words.

Jul 15 2006
12:07 pm
Jeannie writes:

I love that John Cage quote. So true. Godspeed on your new adventure.
Mama

Jul 16 2006
9:57 am
wendy writes:

Hello There Keri,
I love the qoute in this post “As you continue, which you will do, the way to proceed will become apparent.” It was very timely encouragement.
Just thought I’d drop a note to let you know just how much I enjoy both your blog and your art. So much so that I have linked to you from my blog, and also used one of your paintings (with a link back to you) in my profile, it fit so perfectly with who I am that I just couldn’t resist, and I am hoping that is okay.
I look forward to many more visits to your wonderful blog Keri. And speaking as a fellow simplifier whose things also fit in a car (clearing the space for more creativity and a richer life), I wish you much joy on your journey.
Blessings, Wendy Birde

Jul 18 2006
3:54 am
MARYBETH writes:

oh dear Keri,
what an exciting adventure ahead of you!
All good thoughts and prayers to both of you for safe and unexpected surprises on your cross country trip!
Namaste,
MB

Jul 20 2006
4:19 pm
Maria writes:

Don’t you dare stop writing Keri!

Jul 23 2006
1:43 am
faery/Rachel writes:

Keri after reading your blog for many years and being continually inspired and challenged (thankyou by the way!) I have finally started my own blog…

Jul 28 2006
7:07 am
alle writes:

hi, i’m a stranger… :P
happened to pop-by in your blog, and really grateful that you put the ’100 ideas’ there. it really helps… i like drawing and a self-taught, and i have to admit that i’m not that creative …so i really have to put a lot of effort to find new ideas.
hope you don’t mind i save those ideas in my pc.
the best of luck..


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