Last night, at a photo show at Pro-Jex Gallery in Austin, I was discussing my plan as of the end of Feb. 2015 to give up visual art and concentrate on music & lit for 3 years with a local fellow artist and he asked “exactly how do you plan on doing that”? My only response was “just do it”. In me there is always a battle for the high ground, the nadir of the storm of my creative mind. What drives my decision making at this point in life (key) is a challenge. Once something becomes rote on some level for me I start to lose fascination.
I have always seriously considered myself a writer, a poet, an essayist even as far back as my elementary school journals. And music? Well the one thing that kept me from reaching the level I always desired since 1980 was two simple issues. 1) Affording the equipment needed and 2) Having to constantly rely on others to follow through. So now with the time freed up by setting aside visual art I can write and with the affordability of a home studio I can make music.
Lit is a personal journey. Of course in music I will collaborate but at least I can better hone my vision before I present it to others.
Visual arts (photography and graphics) will still pay my bills. It is what I do. but as of the end of feb. 2014 I will no longer work to plan shoots, attempt to get and or setup art shows and or get published. I will let that sleeper fall back to the shadow land of dreams. But rest assured over time, at some point, that sleeper will awake. Its inevitable.