Brandon B

Making Time to Create by Kiley Melicker

Brandon at the pottery wheel

Brandon at the pottery wheel

I've mentioned the art in phases process before... a lot. Times of creative bounty filled with projects and productivity versus dry spells of nothing where there is little creative spark, no emotion, and nothing made. I'm trying really hard to push out of that dry spell right now.

Make things with your hands! It's sexy.

Make things with your hands! It's sexy.

Fall brings in me the desire to start something new and be productive. Years and years of school have conditioned me to this feeling every fall - does it ever go away? I don't mind it, I'm just not sure how much of this desire is programmed. 

I'm working on a listing goals I'd like to begin and continue, many of which contain projects that have been on hold since I moved to a new state and have been adjusting. I'm stretched a bit emotionally thin right now, so it's hard to really want to put my heart into a project when it's already busy - but I'd like to change that and use my heart in other ways. This past year of art silence has been a lot of balance finding and learning so I don't want to be too hard on myself. My focus has been elsewhere.

Writing about it is a good start for me. Hello, Fall. Let's create healthy boundaries and routine.

Exploring by Kiley Melicker

I picked a great time to move to Oregon. I am outside, in the sun, in the rivers and lakes, taking it all in. There are so many mountains and hikes, more volcanoes than I've ever been around, waterfalls and great rivers. It's also much warmer than I'm used to, which makes for drowsy afternoons and sleeveless after sundown. 

Battle Ground Lake, WA

Battle Ground Lake, WA

On the Willamette River Beaches

On the Willamette River Beaches

First Month in Oregon by Kiley Melicker

I've been much more active in taking photos lately as I deal with the transition and change that come with moving to a new state. There is a lot of territory to explore as I make this state more familiar, like when I photograph the green hills of the Oregon summer that I am used to seeing brown in California. I'm taking a lot of pictures of Brandon as we adjust to moving from a long-distance relationship to being only 20 minutes away. Slowly, bits and pieces are coming together to feel like home.