NEW MERTON WELCOME MODULE/DEVIATION TEXT
Just redid this, my brother sister artists. What is up with you in your life? Hope all is well…
WHO IS MERTON AND WHAT DOES HE DO?
I list answers to this question here, so as not to put so much text in a module on my page.
(You may also want to read the info in the artist comment of my Deviant ID. There is much there of interest to fellow artists and visitors.) ( mertonparrish.deviantart.com/a… )
ABOUT ME, MERTON PARRISH…
I am a 52 year old, gay, male, varied artist, working in many genres. I have, in the course of a busy and creative life, done and accomplished many things, including: teaching public school and private lessons, teaching and administrating at a theater, directing shows and choirs, writing and publishing my own books and recorded books, performing live and making musical recordings, composing and orchestrating my own music, making musical recording series for elders and others, etc. I have mostly been a mental traveler, as Isak Dinesen so eloquently put it, through the many books in my library ( New Merton City Studio Series Photo 9 ), but I have traveled the east coast, some places in the south, and have made a memorable trip to Greece.
Several years ago, as many of you who follow my page here know, all in the space of about a year, my partner of fourteen years stopped loving me and ended our relationship. I lost my partner, home, studio, artist life, truck, doggie, many of my possessions, etc. Then, God sent another partner to me, with whom I made art and music, both at home and out in the world. That, sadly, was short lived. Now, I have a lovely, new city studio ( mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… ) and am back out in the world, traveling and performing music as a one man band, just as I used to, when I was younger. I do a little teaching of music privately and a lot of performing of music.
This is hard for me, with my increased age and ever-present troubles with nerves (the world is a noisy, complex place!). Nonetheless, I am doing my best to keep my life manageable, to write and make art, and to stay calm and happy. I've managed to make slots for art-making during my daily travels, after meals at home, and even with others as I perform music (which is a new and delightful endeavor). I write when I can and when the Muse speaks.
I await the coming of my perfect life partner (I am perfect for him, and he is perfect for me) with whom I shall sail off into the sunset. "I can dream, can't I?" as the old song goes! Seriously, I am trying to get clear about what "I am perfect for him, and he is perfect for me" means and am affirming/manifesting this each day. I am not the best at being alone, but apparently it is my destiny for the moment. I am trying to grow spiritually from the experience and make the most of the freedom, quiet and time that it allows. There is an up side to everything, even being alone! Sigh.
We shall see what the rest of my life brings. I do my best, as always, to find and implement my life purpose, get clear about that, and manifest each loving and good thing that I hope for and need in my life.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my page, and please stop by often. Drop me a note and tell me what is up with you, my artist brothers and sisters. I wish you wellness, happiness, creativity, connection to Muse, and all good things!
WHAT THEMES DO I UTILIZE IN MY CREATING?...
I create based upon the following themes, amongst others:
art, the arts, the nature of art, practicalities related to making art, the nature of time, the beauty of the natural world, the awesomeness of the Universe, spirit, spiritual growth, New Thought, manifesting, alternative spirituality, theology, philosophy, the beauty of the human body, health.
WHAT MEDIUMS AND GENRES DO I WORK IN?
*Essays, letters, editorials, poems, and illustrated books
*Audio recordings, slide-shows and films
*Various works of art, literature and media in series
*Photographs and photo-manipulations
*Drawings in pencil, pastel, col.pencil, ink, craypas
*Drawings in Mixed Media
*Digitally altered original drawings and paintings
*Paintings in oil and watercolor
*Various artworks of traditional & recycled materials
*Artworks framed in traditional/recycled materials
*Sculptures: clay, foil, wire, paper, recycled stuff
*Hand painted plastercraft statues
*Curios, diorama boxes, and charm boxes
*Knitted textiles: scarves, shawls and blankets
*Needlework: needlepoint, cross stitch, crewel, applique
*Collages and groupings of framed art
*Art and framing of recycled materials
*Mobiles, branch and hatpin cups
*Faux stained glass CD ornaments
HERE'S MY GALLERY, WITH FOLDERS ON THE LEFT:
(Folders of literary deviations at the bottom)
It is a pleasure to be here with you on DA, to see so many of you explore, search, create and grow. Keep on creating. You are doing more for the world than you know, my dear artist friends and visitors!