It is the final days of July, once again the month has sped passed. The cicadas are thrumming in the treetops to let me know the season is entering a new phase. It seems like the more I tackle (and even complete), the less I seem to get done! For each task completed, another must remain undone. That is the paradox of making choices. However, getting the garage all cleaned out, stuff to the dump, overgrowth in on section of the yard cut back and more items sorted out is progress. It is just that it is coming at the cost of art time, both mixed media and photography. A fine layer of dust coats my worktable as proof of this. Summer is so fleeting, even the longer days only allow so much to get squeezed in. I say “next week. next week”, and then they pass. I need to get back at the worktable and out with the camera again, even if it means weeds creep back into the lawn.
Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs is a favorite of mine. I have read it many times and always enjoy it. This piece is one I created following one of those many re-reads. I started with a watercolor, which I liked. But…it needed more. So I took a breath and cut the piece up into tiny pieces and shuffled them around a bit until I liked the look. Using text from the book and printed paper for the background brought it all together. Sometimes it takes awhile to get to the finished piece, I need to remember that when things seem to be going awry.
Autumn days are fleeting. I am busy getting many overdue chores done before the leaves fall. The leaves are winning, but I soldier on. I have tackled the crack repair and sealing of the driveway, only about 25% left before I can pour that sealer on. I have been squeezing in a tiny bit of creative time each week, whether photography or mixed media. Not nearly as much as I would like though. I still have one show to get ready for and plenty of website work to get new pieces up ahead of Christmas. Why is it the chores are not fleeting? Yet they are not. Squeezing in fun time around chores is part of life, but oh how I long to just abandon the chores and hope elves come and do them! For now I will chip away at the chores, and I know I will be very pleased at accomplishing them, and I will take the fun spots as they come. I can always pull off the road to enjoy the view.
After a few weeks of work and waiting, I went live today! Hopefully the gremlins are, and remain there! It feels good to have made this step at last even though I know it is just the start of the work. Onwards and upwards!
I am getting more creating done, bits here and there. It’s part of trying to stitch my new life to parts of my old life and create something new. There is much to do, as I work to get my website up and running and a regular schedule of creativity. It is all process and progress, new ideas and directions. And it is a bit unnerving to say the least.
It can be hard to tell when you are out of the woods. The turns of the trail and fall of the light can play tricks on you. I need to keep trekking and get my schedule back in some sort of check. The studio is all cleaned out, and as a result there are boxes on boxes here at home. Which I need to sort through. Digging around for supplies really jams up any creative progress. I need to get back to blogging regularly too. Get a website up and running, new business cards and etc. Hopefully as things improve, there will be time to get back out with the camera. It feels like maybe things are falling into place instead of falling apart.