Art + Photo + Words = Pairings
Words make art and photos better. And who doesn’t like a good story?
My habit of examining the details has informed my lifelong zeal for storytelling.
As a storyteller, I paint with words. As a pictureteller, I pair my photos with words. When I look at the details, I imagine scenarios.
I’ve imagined the lives of two women battling small-town bias in the rural Texas Panhandle in my new novel, A Habit Of Hiding. One is grieving her hidden regrets when she finds herself a sudden widow after 30 years, the other is struggling to single-parent with an unplanned pregnancy and limited resources. They’ll have to confront their habits of hiding to find their inner strengths, and unexpected gifts, on their transformative paths. I find my voice on the path to Pairings :: Writing.
Like time traveling? I do, too. I love the discovery of what’s past but still present. I’m drawn to historic, retro and vintage things as though I have an ancient karma. And I love the irresistible scenic gumbo that is Austin, Texas, so I chronicle it with photos and words as it does a vanishing act. I call it Vanishing Austin. When I hit the road, it’s to indulge in a favorite pastime, Time Travels.
Can you imagine, as I do, how places dissolve and evolve? I’m fascinated by the era when the Spanish traveled north through Mexico and New Mexico, building mission churches as they conquered. Painting and photographing the mission churches is part of my journey to understand what once was. It’s my Mission: Mexico.
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Are you captivated by light? I am. I study light: the way it plays, bounces, delineates, colors, dances and defines by its abundance, or lack thereof. I photograph places and things that seem painted by light, clarified by pattern or form and shape. They’re my Lightscapes.
I take comfort in themes, finding them over and over in my art, my writing and my life. They help me make order out of an expansive creative world. But I’m a fan of chaotic intervention, too, and things that defy my neat categories find their way, happily, into Off-Topic.
Paintings and photographs are less than whole without words. So I show and tell about all of this, and more—what inspires me, why I photograph what I do, how I make pictures and paintings, where creativity lives and breathes in me, and in everyone, and what goes with art (everything) in Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It.
Being in nature is essential to creativity (certainly to mine, and likely to yours, too) so it’s a constant lure for me. The scenes and details that I paint, and photograph, find their way into my Naturescapes and into my Flower Power collection.
I am awed by technology today. I have a love-hate relationship with it. It make so much possible, yet it makes so much commotion in my mind. I cannot resist the engagement with strangers who become community, thanks to our common agendas. I live to try out all the latest tech tools and tricks, and all things Apple. But such complexity makes me crave simplicity, too, to make space for creativity. I try to make sense of it by writing about it in Pairings :: Creativity and in Pairings :: Art + Tech. —Jann Alexander
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