|RANDOM FAVORITE WORK. (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
Today's prompt from C4 Atlanta is one that asks us to speak up and out in support of our work (see below for entire prompt). Here goes...
At this moment, a current project is summoning me to reawaken it, nourish it, and give it some BIG LOVE. In the fall of 2013, I began a project with Jenifer Hilburn, a Georgia coast ornithologist, to tell the story of the American oystercatcher in words and images (see here, here, and here and many more about our collaboration throughout 10/13).
This image (above and to the left) represents the successful birth of a beautiful black-and-white coastal bird with a long orange beak. Although it is certainly a celebratory image, it only tells a small fraction of this bird's struggling story to survive. And, its species, despite the work conservationists are doing and the art I making, will more than likely disappear. Hatching from the egg, while miraculous, does not guarantee survival for this bird--predators, rising sea level, decreasing habitats, and roving party-goers in boats threaten this bird's existence.
|Art by Hallelujah Truth|
Before the American oystercatcher species leaves this planet, however, it is possible to support this ground-nesting bird during its life-cycle. Artists, like me, have a significant role to play communicating these matters of life-and-death happening throughout the Earth's chain of life.
We artists can collaborate with scientists, reaching deep into the resources of information they possess. Together we can communicate these pressing matters with LOVE, ENTHUSIASM, and shared WISDOM.
I am totally passionate about the Earth (and all of its life), Scientists, Art, and Communication. Although I have had many successful outcomes for my art, ones which have made me proud, the artwork I am most in love with at this moment are my images concerning the life-cycle of the American oystercatcher in collaboration with the awesome, energetic, and knowledgeable Jen Hilburn.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. This blog post today has moved me farther along in my creative process by helping me articulate what is important work for me to pursue. I feel more focused and in love with my work, mission, and vision. Thank you C4 Atlanta! I will be getting back in touch with Jen Hilburn to resume our work on the American oystercatcher.
DAY#3 Prompt in Entirety
Share your Favorite Creative Work
C4ward March Blogathon: Day 3 Prompt
Look at your body of creative work past and present. What work is your favorite? Why? What work are you the most proud of? Why? Are they the same work or different? Explain.
How would you communicate your feelings about this cherished work to a broader audience? How would you share both the work and your ideas about it with the public?
If possible, post on this blog entry, an example of the creative work you are writing about.
Beautiful, Ruth. I really feel your heart and your clarity of purpose. You are modeling vision, mission and inspire collaboration. I love that you are so deeply involved in matters of life and death of a species that is part of our whole.ReplyDelete
Lee your supportive words warm me. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I can feel your passion about this so very worthwhile project. I can feel my focus changing a little through this blogathon - I'm starting to feel the pull of having a "worthwhile" project - so thanks for the inspirationReplyDelete
Vickie I think your art is worthwhile. I think as artists, we need to dig deep under the work we are doing to understand how important the work is that we have chosen for ourselves. Thank you so much for finding my mission important.Delete
very inspirational . . . on an artistic front and ethically. i love your images and the purpose behind them. i wish you all the best with this collaboration with jenifer, your artwork, and for the birds themselves! this is definitely providing food for thought for my creative path.ReplyDelete
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Gina, I am so grateful for your enthusiastic responses to my work and the ambition behind them. I am so happy to have met you during this C4ward March Blogathon!Delete
LOVE this project and have enjoyed watching it evolve - you inspire me my friend!ReplyDelete
Christine, I'm counting on you and Darlene to help me stay focused! I want to complete this project.Delete
Ruth, I knew your work with the life cycle of the American Oystercatcher would be a favorite work of yours...it is also one of my favorite since I met you. I loved reading about it and learning about it. The story you and Jen are doing is going to be a great success...Looking forward to seeing it published and in the hands of young people who are the future stewards of our good earth...ReplyDelete
Darlene, you and Christine have become my anchors in doing this work. Thank you the steady support you give me and the presence of your own work. Big Love.Delete
Ruth I so share your passion about saving our planet and life upon it, animal, nature and of us. Love this project and your art that is coming forth, evolving from it. Peace baby.ReplyDelete