We don't have to loath our weeknesses when we begin to understand that our real strength is born in response to our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
This is the main drawing for the Girls With Yarn painting. I have been working on the drawings and painting off and on all summer. It is in a series of paintings of double or group portraits where the children are connected with a game or task. I think of it as an exploration of relationships. I am curious how we become interconnected with each other and how it works it's self out in the context of family.
The family is the crucible where we all begin to discover our identity. We begin to understand who we are in relation to our parents and siblings. Some of this comes through conflict. We must learn to somehow "get along" and much of this is discovered by "not getting along". We all long to be apart of a family and to feel at home, whether we ever find it or not is another story.
Creating a work of art is another sort of relationship that involves struggle and the passage of time. Sometimes a good painting just happens and sometimes it feels like a long losing battle. Like all worthy pursuits making art is plunged into deep mystery where it begins to get good when you finally lose control.
Perhaps the more solid we are - in who we are, the more deeply we can allow ourselves to fall into mystery. To be loved is to find yourself in the midst of family which most often is something patched together and falling apart at the same time. Our families are like old quilts that have gone through the washer too many times but somehow manage to still keep us warm at night.
(This composition has been very much inspired by Hibiki Miyasaki who's work I dearly love.)
Below is the blog post copied in it's entirety from yesterdays entry at Common Folk Music.
“Little Piece of the Pie,” the title track from The Wealthy Orphans new album, is driven by a rhythm that lurches along like a drunkard through life’s scrap yard where everything is well-worn and past its prime. While the song initially sounds like a down-on-your-luck lament, all of the stomping, banging and wheezing eventually give rise to a spunky celebration of resilience.
Rick Beerhorst, the singer/songwriter behind The Wealthy Orphans, is a creative force who will likely never settle upon one form of artistic expression. A longtime painter and printmaker, urban farmer, family man, creator of an entire village, and musician, he sings about his lifestyle without ever sounding resentful or cynical about the resulting lack of security.
To expect an album of similar sounding songs from a man with so many inspirations, however, just isn’t realistic. Luckily, Beerhorst is able to juggle the different styles in a way that makes the variety seem intentional. There are hints of zydeco in “Sister Mary Wears a Golden Chain” and “Basquiat,” a dark western soundtrack flair to “The Devil’s a Liar,” and Bruce Springsteen-esque balladry in “She’s a Natural Disaster.” Overall, the album is a unique piece of Americana from a person who has forged a very different path through life than most of his fellow countrymen and the highlights, like the aforementioned “Little Piece of the Pie,” as well as “Time of Your Life,” are those that capture the struggles inherent to living outside of the norm.