I created the Momentum Project after receiving the 2021 Halo Arts Project fellowship / grant in order to reshape and clarify my motivation for making a painting and to explore a new type of exchange for my artwork. I use my Color Writing painting process as currency in exchange for inspiration and momentum from the project's recipient-collaborators, including texts, readings, speeches, color preferences, meaningful Sarasota locations, and a commitment to a personal or community project.
COLOR WRITING 03 / MOMENTUM PROJECT 01 (Myakka's Magic)
Momentum Project: My project will be to create a self-guided “National Bike Month" for the Friends of Myakka River, designed to connect folks with nature and themselves. I like the idea (and challenge) of threading in the themes of hope and possibility, history, present and future. And color! Committing will give me the impetus to keep pushing to make sure it will definitely happen.
Color preferences: pinks, purples, blues
Texts: Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives―and Save Theirs
by Richard Louv
Moonbird : a year on the wind with the great survivor B95
By Phillip Hoose.
Location: Myakka River State Park
COLOR WRITING 04 / MOMENTUM PROJECT 02
Momentum Project: We've just been accepted as volunteers for a nonprofit called Farms to Grow right here in our backyard in Oakland. It is an org dedicated to working with underserved farmers around the country. We're so excited to get started and wanted to thank you for thinking of us for this project and inspiring us to do more for our community.
Color preferences: turquoise, rust, mustard yellow, pink, lime green
Texts: Dune: "I must not fear, fear is the mind-killer"
Iris Apfel's Musings of a Geriatric Starlet
Location: Turtle Beach
COLOR WRITING 05 / MOMENTUM PROJECT 03
Momentum Project: I thought it might be fun to challenge myself to one 5k a month. During that 5k I'm not only running but picking up trash I find along the way.
Color preferences: blue, green, and gold; anything vibrant
Texts: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Location: Bird Key Park
COLOR WRITING 06 / MOMENTUM PROJECT 04
Momentum Project: I would like to do more for the art community and put some efforts to getting some more shows together. I would like to put more time to meditating.
Color preferences: teal, royal blue, cold white, touches of light pink or light orange
Texts: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Man in The Arena (speech) by Teddy Roosevelt
Location: Red Bug Slough