Saturday, March 20, 2010

Introducing :: {Project 44}

I've come to the realization that there is just not enough of me to go around. I've also decided that, despite my intense schedule over the next month and a half, blogging is not something I want to give up. After all, I am a blogger. I like blogging and I want to continue. This blog has become a record of my life since 2004, but I've nearly disappeared from this space over the past several months. I hate to see that happen and, well, I want back in.

This space grounds me. It is the more intricate, yet simple parts of myself. I blog to stay connected--to both my interior self and to the tribe of like-minded souls that I have found here. I blog because it adds depth and dimension to my days. It helps me to understand, to let go, to process, to remember. I blog because it helps me to more deeply experience my journey.

These days my path has led me to an art-filled life. I am thriving. My art is thriving. My spirit is thriving. And in the midst of all this thriving, I find myself consumed by the tasks of preparing for my biggest solo exhibition to date. It is exciting and overwhelming all in one fell swoop.

In 44 days I will be given the keys to more than 2,000 square feet of gallery space and nearly enough wall space to go from one end of a football field to the other. This is my life in hyper-speed.

And yet...I find myself wanting to record these days, to take the time to slow down just long enough to capture my daily experiences, even if only in the fraction of a second unveiled by the click of my camera lens.

{Project 44} is made up of bits and pieces of me, of my day, of the world that surrounds me. It is made up of the 44 days from now until I begin hanging my next show on May 2nd, 2010. It is my life as an artist, dog lover, writer, coffee drinker, and person. It might be haphazard--a few words or a sentence, an image, a moment, a canvas in process--it will be made up of whatever I have to offer on any particular day. Whether my day be haggard or inspired or a little bit of both. These are simply glimpses of me: intimate and real.

Welcome to {Project 44}

Studio 3/20 :: {Project 44}
Day NUMERO UNO of Project 44 and a peek into my studio.
Finally putting the finishing touches on the second panel of a painting I started nearly a year ago.

Spring Vineyard Unveiled 3/20 :: {Project 44}
Vineyard life: Finally, the many feet of snow has melted and the vineyard, once again, is revealed.

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{Project 44} on Flickr
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Sharon said...

I'm glad you will continue to blog. Your posts give me SO much inspiration, you will never know how much....

Jessie said...

awww, thanks sharon. i actually never meant to stop...i guess i just needed to find a way that i can realistically keep up with it. anyway, it feels good to be finally bridging the gap between my personal and professional self.

laundrygirl said...

I'm excited to follow your journey!

Samosas for One said...

This is awesome!

Amber said...

" I blog because it helps me to more deeply experience my journey."


Me too.

I love you.


Susanna Sa said...

I've been having a so sad week so haven't written much. But the lovely Kelly (Kikipotamus the Hobo) keeps little comments coming my way and while perusing her blog found yours. I feel like I'm finally starting to wake up and am at the beginning of something. It's been heartwarming to read of your journey. Can I quote you on my blog about why you blog? (from into project 44 post). It really says it well. Thanks Susanna