One of the things I like about winter is fire. Sure you could have a fire anytime of year, but it’s in winter that the warmth is exactly what you need. I love having a fire place. The photo above, called Passion Flame, is from one of my recent fires.
I was sitting there staring into the flames. Fire is an amazing thing. It burns hot and then it burns hotter. The hotter it is the more likely it is to get other things to burn with it. It is also colorful from oranges, white, yellows to deep blues and purples. And if you throw in the right newspaper you can even get greens and pinks. Fire can help and heal: ie providing warmth, cooking food, cauterizing a wound and killing off germs, but it can also hurt: destroying property and causing burns.
Passion is a lot like fire. It can help to change the world, to get the ball rolling to make things better. But it can also hurt. Those changes can fail or remain unrealized, lives get hurt when passion for a cause gets in the way of a relationship or a family, or the passion is just a quick flare followed by nothing. But I hope that what this is – this art and photography of mine – is the kind of passion that helps to move people to see beauty and not to miss it. A passion that I hope lingers and burns brighter despite any set backs or failures.
This year has been a lot of experiments. I have learned a lot of good things. I have failed at a lot of things. I have been successful at a few.
This weekend was an experiment in printing photos on fabric. First 2 attempts were failures. But on try three, I think we may have a winner. But the experiment isn’t over yet so I can’t say for sure. So 3 steps forward, 2 steps back.
I have read often that if you are not failing you aren’t trying hard enough. Well, let’s just say I am trying hard enough. There has been a lot of failure in recent weeks to get anyone down, but that phrase is really true. The only way to know if something works is to try it. And only a small % of the time does it work out on the first go. So I am ready to go into the new year trying even harder and full of passion.
Hmm – is it too early for New Years resolutions? Do you have any to share?