THE ART OF TOOLS

What makes Glenn the happiest?  When he gets to wear his head lamp.

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Not kidding.  It is a thrill for him to have a little job for which he is perfectly outfitted.  It is like comfort food.  Anais Nin said that art comes from the overflow.  How true.  And when the overflow happens, we have the tools to catch it.  And drive it into art.

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“You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

This quote seems to be a justification for “drama queens”.  I love it.  Someone respects intensity.

Of course, I always knew this about Glenn.  More and more every day.  Found a digital electrical fence tester on my run yesterday.  All colored up like anything John Deere.  Glenn thought it was so cool, and it is worth 110 dollars, re the web.  Now we have to figure out a way to use it since we don’t need an electric fence; we have cats.

It is true that Glenn’s tools and expertise help me with my current sculpture.  Maybe his tools are my influence.

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For Glenn, clothes are tools, hats are tools.  They deal with needs, and must be matched correctly with the environment.  Do not overdress, underdress.  Observe.

This house, prior to Glenn, was (and is) full of toy kitchen appliances.  When he moved in, I worried they were too “girly”.  They are tools, he said.

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So at the back door, in winter, stark without plants, this is what a visitor sees first (look at my little Toot in the reflection).

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Glenn’s shoehorn looks like a Mezuzah.  Proper welcome.

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