Sitting on my porch swing on a glorious Houston afternoon, just days after the horrid storm that took lives, burst pipes, destroyed homes, gardens, bats and birds.
I’m marveling at leaves still clinging to oaks, shriveled on palms and citrus. My papaya tree is done for, despite all the wrapping and pre-emptive care. The container plants, moved to shelter, are all outdoors again, reaching into the sun.
The backyard birds and squirrels have been out in force, though we haven’t yet seen the little cardinal couple. I hope they survived. Nature’s regenerative force can cruelly cull even the sweetest and most gentle of creatures. If they emerge or return, we will rejoice and feed them well.
- Liz ConcesSpencer
Carol: “Coming up with ideas and designs is so easy compared to figuring out how to execute them!”
The job of artists in creating new work that informs, inspires, delights and delivers is fraught with learning curves. To constantly challenge oneself is inherent in any creative field; artists rarely settle in to a comfortable middle ground. To do so would threaten that their work becomes mere production, mere doing. The learning curve of introducing new techniques, new ideas or new strategies is key.
Gene: “I’m not sure how to do this. I’m going to figure out a way.”
Liz: “It’s funny: even the pieces I thought would be simple in their execution are posing challenges. Mirrors the times we are living in, I suppose. That or I’m on a slow steady decline.”
Artists: Carol Berger, Gene Hester, Liz Conces Spencer
We are 31 Houston-area, visual artists who have joined in a collaboration to commit to our creative process.