Daryl Thetford

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The World is Changing

The World is Changing

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Contemporary Journey I

Contemporary Journey I

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Contemporary Journey II

Contemporary Journey II

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Man at Sea

Man at Sea

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Woman with Piano

Woman with Piano

The Juggler

The Juggler

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Crossroads

Crossroads

Man with Piano

Man with Piano

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Duet

Duet

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Man with Violin

Man with Violin

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

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The Search for Balance II

The Search for Balance II

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Man at a Crossroads

Man at a Crossroads

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Calm Day at Sea

Calm Day at Sea

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Trying Not to Try

Trying Not to Try

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About the piece:

Recently I have been “trying not to try.” I have to say that I don’t love holding opposing concepts in my mind. While I understand the idea intellectually, I have always functioned by choosing betweenopposites and living the chosen one. But my therapist assures me that choosing to live in the opposites creates the tension that allows broader decisions to be made.

A couple of weeks ago while in New Orleans I was reading about a book called Trying Not to Try, by Edward SlingerlandIn the opening of the book, a game called “Mind Ball” is introduced: two participants are seated at opposite ends of a table with a ball between them. The point of the game is to get the ball to the opponent’s end of the table using only brain waves. To this end, electrodes which measure radiate alpha and theta waves (these indicate deep relaxation) are connected to the players’ heads. It is a paradoxical contest of effortful effortlessness, whereby the more relaxed the players can make themselves, the faster they are able to send the ball to their opponent’s side of the table.

After fighting my work process all winter, whereby I set up too many things to do without enough time to do them, the concept of “trying not to try”–of effortless effort–spoke to me. It gave me hope that it’s possible to achieve both relaxed concentration AND productivity–and that I might, as a result, find myself both industrious AND sane. Who would have guessed? Maybe the Voodoo Priestess I met in New Orleans, but that’s a story for another blog post.

Man and Media II

Man and Media II

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Jacob's Ladder (Graphic)

Jacob's Ladder (Graphic)

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The Challenge of Creation

The Challenge of Creation

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In the Middle of a Dark Woods

In the Middle of a Dark Woods

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Jacob's Ladder (Contemporary)

Jacob's Ladder (Contemporary)

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Tea with Mara

Tea with Mara

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Man at a Crossroads

Man at a Crossroads

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Man and Media III

Man and Media III

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Ignoring the Door

Ignoring the Door

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I recently read a story about a man in a jail cell. Every day he would stand on his tiptoes to look out the window, the small bit of light he could find in his small cell. One day a large gust of wind blew, and the cell door, which had been unlocked the whole time, blew open. By refusing to explore the dark, he had kept himself trapped.   

 

Journey to the Next Day

Journey to the Next Day

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Man on Ice

Man on Ice

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Running to Catch a Poem

Running to Catch a Poem

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Search for Balance

Search for Balance

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Last year at an open air flea market on the pier in Barcelona, I found a group of illustrated WWI cards made by the chocolate company Chocolate Amatller. The cards were bright and colorful and hardly conveyed the gravity of war.  I bought thirty and kept them out on a table for inspiration. They were the starting point for this piece.

 The Search for Balance on first glance may appear to be a statement about work, success, and career competition as war, and certainly I had Sun Tzu’s The Art of War in mind when building it.  But I also had Middle Passage, by Jungian Psychologist James Hollis, about the journey and struggle of midlife on my mind, as well as Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching which encourages one to go with the flow of life rather than fight against it.

Man with a Parachute

Man with a Parachute

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Last year I jumped off a mountain.  Since I am afraid of heights, I had not planned such a thing, but I was on a trip and had vowed to a friend to be more to experience. Which is how the 9200 foot tandem paraglide jump in Sun Valley, Idaho happened. 

 I have been asked by a number of people if it changed me.  The answer is a qualified yes. There was no big "aha!" moment where I suddenly realized I was free and had no fears.  But there was a subtle shift from my lifelong tendency, when afraid, to say "no," to being able to remind myself that I jumped off a mountain, which makes whatever is scaring me no longer so big.  

 This piece is was inspired by that jump.  It is about the metaphor of taking a leap into something that we know probably will not kill us, but scares us terribly anyway.  And it is about bringing something back: the courage to jump again and again

Nurses in Boat

Nurses in Boat

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Man and Media

Man and Media

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Jacob's Ladder (Abstract)

Jacob's Ladder (Abstract)

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The Blindfolded Juggler

The Blindfolded Juggler

The Circle

The Circle

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Protest

Protest

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Red Blindfolded Juggler

Red Blindfolded Juggler

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Man Contemplating Stairs

Man Contemplating Stairs

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Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

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Black, White and Pink Face (Plexiglass)

Black, White and Pink Face (Plexiglass)

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Woman with a Halo: A Modern Icon

Woman with a Halo: A Modern Icon

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No

No

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The Game

The Game

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Face Phase IV

Face Phase IV

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Contemplation

Contemplation

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Woman with News

Woman with News

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Modern Woman in a Modern World

Modern Woman in a Modern World

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Woman on a Bike

Woman on a Bike

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About the piece:

Woman on a Bike was two years in the making.  The upper half of the woman ( mannequin ) was on a table in a window display in St Petersburg, Florida.  The legs and shoes came from a shot I took of a shoe store window display on Michigan Avenue in Chicago a year later.  The balls were actually spots painted on a sidewalk in downtown Houston.  The dress came from a photo I took of an urban poster wall in Philadelphia.  All other word, color and texture came from multiple shots that I have taken of graffiti, painted weathered walls, etc

The Flying Woman

The Flying Woman

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About the piece:

After two days of working on this, I literally had my finger on the delete button when I got a new idea. Woman’s dress from photo I took of mannequin, vintage circus cannon in Wisconsin when I was driving through, signs in background from Texas truck stop, crowd from Louvre…looking at Mona Lisa and dozens of other photos used that I have taken from almost everywhere.

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

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Black Blue and White Cityscape

Black Blue and White Cityscape

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City at Night

City at Night

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Contemporary Nashville Cityscape Red

Contemporary Nashville Cityscape Red

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Contemporary Nashville Cityscape

Contemporary Nashville Cityscape

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Red, Black and White Cityscape

Red, Black and White Cityscape

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Cityscape with Bridges

Cityscape with Bridges

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Orange, Black and White Cityscape

Orange, Black and White Cityscape

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New Nashville Skyline 2015

New Nashville Skyline 2015

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New Nashville Skyline 2015 with TAC

New Nashville Skyline 2015 with TAC

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New Nashville Skyline 2015 with TAC

New Nashville Skyline 2015 with TAC

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New Nashville Skyline 2015

New Nashville Skyline 2015

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Red Bike with Star

Red Bike with Star

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Red Bike with Star, Blue and Gold Glass

Red Bike with Star, Blue and Gold Glass

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Red Bike with Star, Green and Gold (Plexiglass)

Red Bike with Star, Green and Gold (Plexiglass)

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Gold and Orange Bike

Gold and Orange Bike

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Graffiti Guitar III

Graffiti Guitar III

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Purple and Orange Guitar

Purple and Orange Guitar

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Red and Gold Guitar

Red and Gold Guitar

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Modern Cowboy

Modern Cowboy

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Pink and Gold Horse

Pink and Gold Horse

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Cowboy at Night II

Cowboy at Night II

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Understanding Contemporary Cows

Understanding Contemporary Cows

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Wu Wei Cowboy

Wu Wei Cowboy

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Storm III

Storm III

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Storm (Landscape with Red and Gold)

Storm (Landscape with Red and Gold)

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Purple and Green Landscape

Purple and Green Landscape

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The Train

The Train

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Train with Words

Train with Words

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Train

Train

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Utility Pole Orange, Gold and Green

Utility Pole Orange, Gold and Green

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Purple and Green Landscape

Purple and Green Landscape

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New Storm

New Storm

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Landscape Yellow and Green (Utility Poles)

Landscape Yellow and Green (Utility Poles)

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Orange and Gold Cows

Orange and Gold Cows

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Cows with Rain

Cows with Rain

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Considering Landscape

Considering Landscape

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Fire and Ice Landscape

Fire and Ice Landscape

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Road with Utility Poles

Road with Utility Poles

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