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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Barns as Narrative

I have this very fortunate luck to meet people along my journey that inspire me, make me laugh, make me take a good long look at myself, or just offer words of comfort when I need them. Many of them are bloggers that post here, one is my child, who lent me the words to her song Deep Water, for my latest barn, and of course there is Gerry, who inspires me every day with the work he does, the talent he has with a camera. I recently met a very talented fiber artist, Candace Thomas, who I mentioned in a previous blog. She called me this week and we talked forever about her work and my work, and the things I speak to with my barns and the narratives that they are becoming. And then today Diane Daniel interviewed me for a piece in the Raleigh News and Observer. She asked some very insightful questions and made observations about my work from a writers point of view. Most of the people that I have interaction with regarding my work are other artists, lots of potters, and the general public that is buying my art. The outdoor festival is an interaction I'll pass on right now or I will write a whole other post. My point is, Diane asked some questions that most people do not ask and it really helped me to see my work from a new point of view, and I had to grab my sketchbook as soon I hung up the phone so that I could get some new ideas down on paper. I also got an email from a friend that is having a rough time right now, and she really puts into perspective the role our families play in our lives and how important they are, but what a drain they can be on creating our work. Such a fine balancing act all of us as artists juggle every day.
I feel so blessed to have these people come in and out of my life, it makes life rich and textured and adds so many layers, just like a work of art, isn't it? Thanks to all of you that check in on my blog, that leave comments, that send me wonderful emails, some that make me laugh, some that bring tears, but always add another layer to my life!!!!!
I want my barns to tell these stories, reflect the layers of my life and my experiences. I'm getting there, I have come so far with them in such a short time, but still they evolve and grow just as we do.
peace ya'll !!!!

7 comments:

Vicki Wenderlich said...

Sometimes your work gives me chills (the good kind)... even before they are finished, like the first picture in this post! They definitely spark entire stories in my head when I see them.

Tracey Broome said...

Vicki, what a nice post to get this evening, I have had a day of it, worrying if I have enough for these shows and if it's all the right stuff, thank you!!!!

gz said...

and a good one to start the morning of potting here!
Blessings Be

Tracey Broome said...

Hi GZ, thanks, it was a nice way for me to start the day!

Susan Wells said...

So fun to see the evolution of your work!!ox

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks girl! You too xoxo

Lori Buff said...

While driving the back roads of North GA this morning I was noticing the barns and thinking about you. They all seem to tell some story.