Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently and a “chin UP” via Henry David Thoreau

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Well, the opening reception is over and the photos are on the wall until the first week of May. The people partied and bought, the gallery was happy and I was happy, swanning about, introducing myself as “the Artist”.

You know, I have waited my whole life to be called the Artist.

In a way, I have to thank my lawyer and first CNY ex-boyfriend, David, for that.

When someone asked who he was with, he said…you mean “the artist”?

At first I was miffed, I thought, doesn’t he mean…his girlfriend?

Then I realized he called me “the Artist”.

F that girlfriend thing!

I don’t know why my journey to Artist has been so difficult when I have been one since I was born.

No one taught me how to see, I saw.

As a little girl, no one taught me to draw, I drew.

My eyes were my camera. I’d slip out the door and chase bugs and lizards and tiny things. I was obsessed with seeing. I was obsessed with nature. If I could have lived in a flower, you’d still find me there.

I don’t know how or why I lost my “Artists Way”…and now it doesn’t really matter because I finally renovated that castle and moved in.

Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently
April 6- May 5
Cherry Branch Gallery
25 Main Street,
Cherry Valley, NY 13320 / 607-264-9530

Published by DungaBrookDiary

Vicki Whicker is a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective and Bright Hill Press Poets. Published by Mo+th, 12 Los Angeles Poets, Big City Mantra, Literary Mama, and others, her poetry and art photography are featured in the anthology Seeing Things (Woodland Arts Editions, 2020). A collection of her poetry, Caught Before Flight, published by Woodland Arts Editions, debuts fall 2020. A wild child at heart, in 2011 she moved to central NY to renovate an 1920’s farmhouse that she bought, sight unseen. From a post on Facebook. Her art photography grew from there, she’s had solo and group shows, and is collected on both coasts. She describes her photography as Bucolia, in that she recreates central NY with her signature style—as a hyper saturated dreamland.

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