Thanks, Mequitta Ahuja, for giving me permission to do that.
Last month, while on a trip to Washington D.C, we changed upon an exhibit of contemporary portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, called Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge. The show contained work by six different artists working in a variety of mediums from giant watercolors, rubbing graphite on handmade paper, to charcoal on mylar, to computer generated moving images. They were all powerful, but my favorite was the work of Mequitta Ahuja. They were huge, like most of the other work, about 8' x 5.' The drawings were on vellum and hung unframed on the wall in odd shaped rectangles that reminded me of wavy bark paper. Ahuja generated the self portraits from performances she created just for documentation. They are personal and universal, just like my favorite artwork.
After viewing her work, I was moved to learn more about her, and listened to a lecture by her on YouTube. In it she gave a piece of advice that has continued to resonate with me. She said to put all your eggs in one basket. This saying is usually accompanied by a shaking finger from a supposedly wise person. Ahuja said that following this advice, will give you everything you want, as well as things and places you haven't thought of yet. I love that. I love the permission to cast all doubt away, and continue to follow my artistic path wholeheartedly wherever it leads.
I am setting off for an art pilgrimage to England this coming Tuesday. My friend Christine Eagon and I will be painting and photographing ancient monuments in SW England for several weeks. But during the planning stages, I had my doubts. It felt over the top, excessive, expensive and a waste of time. But applying Ahuja's advice makes it all make sense. If I put all my eggs in one basket, of course I would want to travel to England. No holding back anymore. Here I come!