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I’ve started on my first visual-arts project in years. I notice a little of the old rigidity-leading-to-frozen-nothingness pattern, but surprisingly quite a bit less of it than I remember. In contrast is an inner freedom that’s small but hopefully pushing through – the freedom to try this or that paint and just see how it goes, or to play with images or words I like to make them fit my vision. I’m watching with considerable joy. I’ll show pictures when it’s done but for now it’s under wraps!
Today I got my confirmation for the Squam Art Workshop and actually felt giddy at the thought of it being only four months away! I got all of my first choice workshops, which means one day each of fiber, fabric and paint. Checking out my workshops again I came across the website for one of the teachers (www.creativethursday.com), and you have got to check this out: since sometime in 2006, she has created a painting a day. I am just enamored with the sweetness and depth in these paintings. I hope you enjoy them too.
The groundhog may have said we’re in for six more weeks of winter, but inside my soul spring is stirring. The ground is thawing, and I’m aware of some dry earth in need of “mois-tening” as my sweet friend Pixie puts it. It may be dry but it is fertile ground within, and after a weekend with my very own personal muses, the Elements, I’m excited and inspired to dig in.
I’ve decided to revive my blog; for now, the purpose is to give me a canvas of some sort to watch my creative journey, and this year I intend to keep it pretty much focused on the many varied creative stirrings. I expect you’ll hear about the belated-birthday sweater I’m pushing to finish for my beloved (whose blog-name I’ve not yet chosen) even as I curse myself for thinking it clever to present a gift in pieces. You’ll also hear about the adventurous retreat I’m taking in June to Squam Art Workshop in New Hampshire, where I’ll revel for three whole days in all things fiber. Along the way, I might share some particular inspirations in the kitchen or at the sewing table, and you might even get to see and read about what comes of my luscious trip to the art supply store – a branch of creativity that I am not familiar or comfortable with at all, but that I somehow feel inspired to dip my toes into.
I’m not promising anything. Keeping up a blog can be trying for me at times. But the possibilities…