I just finished up another project for the book and am preparing to start the next. I've been playing with fabrics along with paints in the last one and will for this project too as well as photo and memorobilia from my parents, and extended family. Leafing through all this stuff always brings up so much love and longing, a deep ache of missing in my heart. I'm grateful for the fabrics when I'm opening up all this emotion inside of me, I find them so comforting to work with.
Much to my surprise I found an old journal I had written in, first entry 1976, my first year out of high school. I didn't even know I had a journal from that time period, I thought it may have been destroyed in one of my "purging the past" episodes where I just ditched photographs and writing to find a fresh start. (I could kick myself now for doing that!) So this is really a gem and eventually I will bring myself to read it and newly discover the person I used to be 34 years ago. In that same box I found an old Konica camera that belonged to my mother, film still it, over 10 years old.
The photos have kind of a dreary quality, I apologize for that but the weather actually is dreary so it's accurate. I'm sitting under my SADlight as I write this - I always look forward to that intense hit of brightness. Wishing you all a beautiful and bright weekend!
You'd see my blue woodstove, its belly full of bright orange flame. it's another dark and dreary day outside, rainy, a typical winter (almost) day in the Pacific Northwest. I'm feel thankful for the warmth, the pine and alder keeping me company as it burns, reminding me that i carry the flame inside me too.
looking for and hopefully finding a little peace, even on the days when i feel agitation and sadness
my tools, my constant companions, best friends
there are reminders everywhere when I open my eyes
collections, piles, all sorted and neat. i've managed to keep my studio pretty tidy for the most part
the view from my painting chair
time to change the paint water and get back to work (play).
Hoping that each of you is finding some peace, warmth, music, and creativity this December Tuesday.