This is one of the tiny animations I spent the day doing. I don’t know what takes more time- animation or video work. Notice that textile practices, while time consuming, are not included in this ‘contest’, because they, at least, usually produce a tangible result directly related to the amount of effort put in. I feel like I can spend the day filming, or animating, and still end up with nothing, or at least nothing usable.
I spent the day taking care of a few things, and doing some photography and animation in Fish Creek Park! I always feel a little self conscious out there with my camera, tripod, Morphoids, backpack full of tools (fishing line, scissors, giant bulldog clips, needles, and bug spray), and of course, wagon to haul everything in, and today was no different. Although today WAS different. A woman, out walking her dog, asked me what I was doing, so I explained. ”I’m actually making a short stop-motion animation…” and she looked confused, but I showed her some of the photos on my camera, and she understood, and we ended up having a little conversation about what I do, and the Morphoids, and I gave her a pamphlet. (This is why I carry them everywhere. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a pamphlet is priceless, and it does the remembering for you!) She seemed to enjoy it and was very pleasant to talk to.
It’s funny to me, because just the other day I was talking (complaining, is probably more accurate) about not having many chances to talk about my practice and what I do… and here, an opportunity walks right up and asks me about it! The moral of the story: Ask and ye shall receive! And that much stranger, because in the last couple of days, I’ve been reading Julia Cameron‘s Letters to a Young Artist, which I had bought a couple years ago, but never really read.
Page 63: “Once we begin looking for the universe to support our creative dreams, the universe is very inventive and even humorous in how it provides support.” And then she describes “needs” such as space, and increased visibility, and examples on how the universe provides- by “being asked to participate in an open mike event” or “getting asked to house-sit a loft.” I verbalized wanting to talk more about my work, and along came the opportunity. Not exactly what I was expecting, but…. fulfilling, all the same. Funny how that works.