Recently I have been worried by more than my art. My concerns have been distracting, and include everything from politics to the financial markets to Hurricane Irene. Irene will hit us tomorrow in Lyme, New Hampshire. As silly as it is, a current distraction includes the song "Goodnight Irene," lyrics by Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly). Here are the words which keep rattling around in my head:
"You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn
You cause me to leave my home
But the very last words I heard her say
Was 'Please sing me one more song'
"Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams"
As annoying as it is to be distracted from one's life endeavor, it is sometimes necessary in order to find lasting peace. My drawings are the first indicator that things are not quite right, and that I am not properly focused. Yesterday's drawing is a standard fall-back. It is mundane and dispassionate, hiding as it is in simple knowledge of line and form. Within 48 hours Irene will have passed. Predictions include widespread power outage. My studio life is dependent on power. Good luck to my readers in the path of Irene.
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