January 26th, 2006

write write she says. care not for the contents, just put some words out. she being the voice in my head. (I wanted to delete that last sentence because it makes me sound like a crazy person). Crazy I am. Ma I yzarc. delete i do not.
the clouds move over the sun. my husband practices piano in another room. scales with a metronome. the repetition is making me a little nuttier than usual, the constant clicking. all for a good cause it is, and I can easily put on my headphones. I have been working too long today. I can feel it in my body, in my eyes. Though there was a picnic lunch in a nearby park. We watched a lone brown Canada goose get reprimanded by some large white geese. He skulked away, and we laughed watching him try to sneak back, non-chalantly pretending to eat grass all the while inching over to the water. I found myself experiencing remorse for my fellow countryman. Countrygoose.
I want to write something interesting here but all of my thoughts are currently being poured into a book project. To be honest it is the simplest of things that hold my attention these days, my artwork regressing into a ridiculously basic place. I read somewhere recently that the way forward is to go backward. so backward I go. og I drawkcab os.
holding my attention
1. hole reinforcement stickers
2. pencils (standard hb with an eraser)
3. colored tabs you can write on to mark pages
4. dingleberries (a large seed pod, named by Jeff)
5. Eva Hess
6. nothing and everything
7. thin kraft moleskine journals.
8. tape
not holding my attention
1. the filmmaker Tarkovsky (can someone please explain to me the film “Nostalghia”)

Jan 26 2006
8:46 pm
eliane writes:

2. pencils (standard hb with an eraser)
Yes yes yes yes yes!!!! Always, everyday and for ever. I buy them in bulk.

Jan 26 2006
8:54 pm
Kerilyn writes:

Hey Keri..
trust me girl.. u are NOT crazy.. keep listening to that voice in your head.. it will lead you exactly where you need to go..
I borrowed that quote.. from Michael Zimmerman.. it SO spoke to me… gave you total credit.. on my blog..
I think you are awesome..thank you for being you. for diving into the fear!

Jan 27 2006
3:43 am
MARYBETH writes:

Hi KEri,
ITs funny, I arrived home from my first Graphic design class, and check my must read blogs and here you are sharing this artist I have never heard of; however, during the teachers lecture I was thinking about how much I like repetition in design-like Warhol.
I would like to see this in person.
You are amazing Ms. Keri!
Marybeth aka Life in the desert

Jan 27 2006
8:57 am
Anja writes:

Haha! I haven’t seen Nostalghia, but I know the feeling – I really like Tarkovsky’s films, Solaris is one of my favourites ever, but even then I fall asleep. :)
Also, I’ve been writing so much about repetition lately, it felt odd to see that as your headline. Coincidence of course, but still very appropriate!

Jan 27 2006
10:02 am
joanne S writes:

I copied and sent that Michael Zimmerman quote to all my friends. They loved it. I also walked into my local library and picked up the Accidental Masterpiece. Like it was sitting there waiting for me. Googled (really on Dogpile) Eva Hesse and found her work fascinating. Find your work fascinating. Office supplies. Blank sheets of paper. A new book, as yet unopened. Sharpened pencils. First day of school. A new beginning.

Jan 27 2006
10:48 am
frida writes:

I’m newly obsessed wt the kraft moleskine journals myself. And now I have too too many journals going at once–it mirrors my scattered state of mind and life. Focus, frida!

Jan 27 2006
11:56 am
Laini writes:

Hi Keri! Having been sunk deep in a book project too for a while, I know what you mean about pouring your thoughts in and feeling sort of blank otherwise. At least, I do – any soul-searching I do lately is into the soul of my characters, not my own, and when I blink and look away from my computer screen the real world seems like the dreamy, unreal place! Curious about your book project. Have you written anything about it here, or is it a secret?

Jan 27 2006
12:24 pm
Jen Downer writes:

Hi Keri…
I have come and admired your blog here sporadically for a few months now, and I really like you. I am writing today totally unrelated to this post, but to say that your words resonate with me so much as I too lost my mother in recent years and watched her struggle with dying, I too am striving to live with color, creativity, and presence, and I deeply respect the way you seem to do things.
Just wanted to let you know that I think you’re the bees knees.
Have yourself a beautiful day.

Jan 27 2006
1:33 pm
Carole Loeffler writes:

i just found your blog…i at times think i am eve hesse reincarnated..so, maybe we are the same person – the sol lewitt letter is always a reminder to get out of my own head – it was nice to see again, like an old friend. i look forward to all of your future posts.

Jan 27 2006
3:19 pm
Sing Dammit writes:

Coincidence: I went out at lunch and bought thin moleskin journals. Then came back and read your post. They have been holding my attention much more than the words I need to decorate them with.

Jan 27 2006
3:52 pm
Kate writes:

Dingleberries? No way!
This is what I call people who cut me off in traffic, in an effort not to use other words like, um, “dickhead.”

Jan 28 2006
12:06 pm
Alex writes:

On a tough day like today your words and spirit are true sunshine for the soul, however corny that may sound, and I just wanted to say thank you.

Jan 28 2006
9:05 pm
Leonie writes:

just started reading julia cameron’s “letters to a young artist” and your post echoes those letters.
just CREATE. just do it. just WRITE it out. just get it out there. over and over again.
blessings to you ~

Jan 29 2006
12:03 am
PJ writes:

Your post touched me: it occurs to me how some days things don’t ‘hold my attention’ I used to see it as a problem, but I believe it’s a sign of a creative mind…coping mechanism..to think if we were ‘on’ all the time..I see my mind as a CD/DVD that just keeps whirling sometimes when things don’t hold my attention…kind of fun to ‘see’ where it comes to a stop.
Just the way I see it for myself…

Jan 30 2006
1:16 pm
anu writes:

I make mock moleskines called hegdehogs. you can get the instructions at the yahoo group “hedgehogs forever”. You can see some pics at my lj too :)

Jan 30 2006
5:04 pm
Nicole Raisin Stern writes:

Keri, I like the greys, whites, and blacks in this drawing. Your sentences at the beginning remind me of how Yoda talks.

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