since the ides of march // it has been 5 years already?? / by Keith Wyman

the ides of march. over 5 years ago already. when life was simpler. and I had absolutely no idea what the fuck I was doing, or where I was going. this must have been the very first day I had moved into the new shop space just over four years ago. I recall the first thing I did was project a giant pig on the back wall so that I could outline it in paint. but apparently we moved a few tools into the space first—thank you @drewbesonart for documenting;) it’s fun, and humbling and sigh-inducing to look back from time to time. it’s important to take time to reflect, to remember where you were and how you got to where you are today. to remember who you are and be reminded of what is important. and I’m not sure I’d change a thing to be honest. much has changed in these last 5 years. this same space seems to have very little actual space left in it, where at any given time with any number of jobs going or pieces being worked on it feels like I am walking sideways and sucking in my gut just to slither by a machine/slab/sharp object/tool/hazard. it’s a minor miracle I still have all appendages, digits, eyeballs. I am relentlessly hands on, and need to see to believe—so I enjoy creating in real-time. it is the ad hoc that has always been and still is the most exciting, the most enjoyable and the most satisfying. so much has changed and continues to evolve: knowledge, gray hairs, efficiency, skill set, ever-improving end product, striving for perfection while realizing now that it will always elude me.. so much has stayed the same: attention to detail, I’m still stupid and stubborn, and still willing to experiment on the fly, not afraid to fall on my face. so it seems, the more you know, the more you know you don’t know. so I guess I still have absolutely no idea what the fuck I am doing. or where I am going. and isn’t that the most exciting part...