Overcast Mirror/Wood Reflected
I took advantage of the overcast day to do a reflection piece in the creek. The white washed out sky makes for excellent contrast in reflections making calm surfaces in the creek produce mirror-like reflections, I took flexible wood that washed up in brush piles here (mostly willow that someone trimmed, but also some green beech branches) and using a bricks with 10 small holes I anchored the ends then twisted them together into an arch. I flushed it out with smaller trimmings and then cleared rocks out of the water anywhere they caused disturbances in my makeshift reflecting pool that would influence the reflections. I’m happy with it and sort of glad it’s not a perfect circle shot straight on. I really liked the shots at harsh angles against the structure that amplified the ways the wood didn’t quite do what I wanted or cooperate with me in the reflection. That is really a huge part of this sort of art is the cooperation, collaboration, struggle, compromise, and struggle with and against the materials and circumstances I find myself working with. I did as discussing this with a friend at work the other day and arrived at a conclusion I’ve come to many times before in this art. That being one of the best lessons I’ve learned from attempting 365 pieces in a years time is to find and appreciate the beauty in your actual circumstance rather than in your expectation. It’s a mentality that defeats frustration and anger and teaches patience. Still figuring out how to keep that perspective, but the more I do the more beautiful I find life and the world I live in.