Spring is full of them, fresh shoots, the most brilliant greens on tender leaves, and lots and lots of rain again this year if you live here in the Puget Sound region. I've been sharing my studio table with flowers and vegetable starts for the past two months, and both they are I are anxious to relocate into their soft earth home outside.
Here it is May 31st, and still the temps drop into the forties at night, not a great environment for the warm loving tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. But I'm putting them outside anyway, with the hope they'll find their way to health, beauty and abundance. This is only part of my brood, lots of planting to do in the coming days once they're hardened off.
They are getting ready to make a big move, from living an hour away from us to across the country to South Carolina. I'm readying myself for this huge change, that will be impossible to prepare for as I already feel an emptiness in the hollow of my stomach thinking about it. And yet, there is happiness there too, for I'm sure this time will bring new adventures and lots of sunny weather to them. But empty nest is hard, I already know that, but I have feeling I'll experience it in a new and even broader way soon.
More changes, big ones coming to my art. and that means a studio make-over. I am doing a major reorganization and purge, moving things and painting the only big wall I have with a fresh coat of white in preparation for my new painting adventure. I'm going to start painting big. Very B I G. And putting down paint in an entirely different way. Using different tools and materials. I am ready to abandon the old and step into something new, even though it feels scarey and will no doubt bring up all kinds of emotions as I move into unexplored terrain, leting go of rules and sure-fire ways, my map, the one that has worked for me in the past. I'm entering a new begininng, I feel it. This is the reason I took this year off from teaching, and now I'm here. All this time and space spreading out ahead of me to experiment and play in. Joy!
And.....I'll be teaching a painting workshop at An Artful Journey next February, one of my very favorite venues, located in the mountains of northern California. Registration opens July 12th at noon PST, so mark your calendars; because the venue is small, classes can fill fast. I am fortunate to be coming back to teach for the second time and I can say with complete assurance that everything about my time here was fantastic - I can't wait to go back and I hope you will join me there!