Where It Is Always Beginning

©Joan Ann Lansberry, February 2007

January 31, 2007
We went to Michaels tonight so I could buy larger bristol paper. They only had 11"x14" which for most purposes shall be useful. I did find a huge 18"x24" book of 'drawing' paper, not as hard, thick and smooth as bristol, but I suspect serviceable. I should be inspired on those relatively vast sheets. Meanwhile, the smaller (but still larger than the usual 8.5"x11") bristol paper enticed me. When I ran my fingers over it, determinining its smoothness, it cried out for a pen. And so I began.

I began with the tulip shaped columns, and the rest followed from there.

February 2, 2007
I think I've got it the way I want now. The choir risers don't look like frowning teeth any more, and the picture as a whole is more three dimensional. But I can't guarantee I won't wake up tomorrow and see something else that needs fixing!

February 16, 2007
When asked what this picture means, this is what comes to me:
The interpretation varies with each picture what I see in it. Yes, it is rather like interpreting dreams! Sometimes the picture is full of symbology and sometimes it is just the experience.

This one "Where it is Always Beginning", I think refers to the process of creativity. I'd just bought larger paper in order to be inspired to do pieces worthy of putting in the local county fair. The larger space seems to open a larger space in my head, somehow, and so the picture shows a wide panorama.

Beginning a picture is always an adventure. It is 'always beginning'. What the two pillars mean, maybe the union of 'opposites', perhaps? Maybe that is also with the face off of the two critters? A sort of 'Set' and 'Horus' having a stare down contest? Anyway, it is an adventure. The family at the center, about to enter the auditorium, are opening themselves up to an experience.

April 9, 2007
This piece won 'Third Award' in Surrealism/Abstract category in Yuma County's Fair. See the comments it generated, "Quite whimsical! Good use of color." And it's available in a quality photo lustre print!