For reasons of survival, seventeen months have passed since I last wrote a post. Significant amounts of intense water have passed under my bridge and many transitions have been made. I am so grateful that amidst all of the moving and life changes, I was able to maintain my to-do list and keep my regular activities afloat until normal life returned. I feel like I can finally take a breath again and relax into a new
and exciting chapter of life. So equipped with a thankful heart, and a heart that is expecting good things, Hi-Yo Silver Away? Upward and onward.
My studio is divided into stations: painting, printmaking, textile art, writing, drawing, quilt top piecing, barn quilts, and community events. I systematically divide my day up accordingly depending on the urgency of completion. Since the beginning of January, I have devoted several hours a day working on the expansion of a textile installation (Riding the Edge: departure) that I developed last year, the completion of a king size quilt for our new master bedroom, plus a completely new venture - the writing of a children's book, which I plan on illustrating over the next year. (i signed up for the advanced creative writing seminar so that I could work with, the second-to-none head of the creative writing department at Brandon University, Dale Lakevold. His questions and encouragement have been phenomenal. I knew that preparing a defense would make me dig deeper and it has proven true.)
The community garden that I designed 13 years ago continues to thrive, this past year, thanks to my husband. When I was overwhelmed with our life transition, he kept up the daily maintenance. This morning on my schedule is the clean-up of the odd bit of trash brought in by the wind, and pulling up all the dead annuals that I leave to catch the snow, but I have no doubt that I will find some stubborn and stalwart weeds sticking their noses above ground already. Even though we experienced an exceptionally cold winter, the weeds will not have been daunted. I am concerned, however, about the perennials, herbs and shrubs. I will know the outcome in a few weeks.
Last year, inspired by one of my large landscape oil paintings, I prepared two large woodcut plates, with the plan to use my husbands large machinery (backhoe and skid steer) as my printing press. We ran out of time last fall, but it is on my radar for sometime in May. There will definitely be an entry on my blog about this, including photos. I think it will be a fun event. I'm not interested in producing perfection, but rather interesting imperfections.
So, as I celebrate my triumphant survival of the past seventeen months, I embrace all of my projects, even pulling the weeds!
Until next time,
The Podunk Howler