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Today, I had the distinct pleasure to browse both a large community yard sale and the area set aside at the Recycling Center for the deposition of unwanted, though usable, items (it’s a free Goodwill, really, with a 4 item limit).  This got me thinking about recycling and how I think it used to be a familiar everyday concept.

recycleThis is probably more accurately “reusing,” but I think the  term “recycling” has evolved in meaning to encompass all that is using something that already exists.  Of course, there is upcycling, repurposing, etc.  Whatever you want to call it, I think it is fantastic.  Instead of running out to Target to get something shiny and new (which I don’t think is always bad), I love the warm fuzzy thought of taking something that someone no longer needs and giving it a new life.  I think that used to be the American way – or at least the way of the Southern housewife.  It’s how I grew up: we couldn’t afford to rush out and buy everything new, and we had plenty because my mom was crafty and conscious.

Now, unfortunately, I see that the contemporary American way is something far less conscious.  It’s more about impulsive decisions to do what suites at the moment because one wants to, someone said it’s better, etc.  For instance, Cash for Clunkers…while I love the environment and think often on the impact of fuel consumption and the like, this program seems absurd: It says that a solution to an environmental issue is to buy something better.  It couldn’t be to drive less, carpool, or keep unnecessary waste out of landfills.  Yes, buy another car is the clear solution.   I find myself thinking, “That is SO American.”

And that makes me sad.Plate

Mug I’ll be ok, though.  I have my free handmade coffee mug and $0.25 plate to cheer me up while I wait.

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I’m not sure how any other Etsians feel, but for me, photographing my artwork is like a second go-around at the creative process.  And, sometimes I find it frustrating.  GreenTeaPot

Photographing the 3D pieces can be like a photo shoot.  I’ve got a curvaceous model just waiting for me to capture the most attractive angle.  I can be creative and emphasize my favorite features.  It’s almost like I’m getting a second chance to create art from a similar yet separate idea.  That, I can handle…it’s even fun most of the time.

Still Life Rocks and WoodI haven’t found the 2D art to be as cooperative.  After all, I created it to be exactly what it is, and it is more about content and emotion than form and function (that isn’t to say that emotion is not present in my ceramics).  For shots of 2D work to look “right,” I have to get the shots straight – there is one correct angle.  I have to get the lighting fust right – to bring out the color and texture.  There is very little play in this realm, and I find it constraining.  It feels much more difficult to draw the character from a painting (or drawing or etching) into a photo.  It seems almost unfair to ask those works to prove themselves in front of the lens.

So, what is there to do about this?  In short, I don’t know.  Spending more time with my camera and with my art might do it.  Taking some time with my thoughts might also help me to write descriptions that convey the intent and character of the pieces.  Perhaps it takes trust as well: on my part to remember that I am my own worst critic, and on the part of viewers that what they see – as nice as it might be – is far more in person.

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