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#8 :: Ant painting on ivory

February 13, 2004

This is one of Joe Reed‘s very first ant paintings, a swarm of ants painted in acrylic on an oddly turned ivory object. It is hollow, and sealed, but for holes drilled at either end, as if it were to be used as a bead or ornament. The ants are better explained at the link above, but were among the very first things this extraordinary artist – my father – painted. Craft and inspiration are on my mind today; Spent the morning on the Venice boardwalk with my kids and my 19-year-old god-daughter, Liz, before driving her to the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena for an admissions interview. Ninety minutes later, she walked out with a huge grin and a promise of acceptance to classes beginning in August. She was meant to become a chef, and she’s barreling down that track, giddy with potential as if there were no other possible courses in life. I do the same – but without the same conviction, saddled with the doubt of a life (well- but) half-spent.I take a certain pride in craft – I’m beginning to mix my own photos in with the stock photos rotating through LAvoice. I think too hard and work not enough. I’m seeking confidence in who I am – always. Off to process more pix.

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