When you live in the New England, winter is bound to bring on talk of weather, and more than a few entries about it.
We're in for the possibility of over a foot of new snow this Wednesday, that's when you check to see how much hot cocoa you have on hand, besides the usual eggs, bread, and milk. Comfort foods, cozy foods,
a good book or two and some movies round out a sustainable picture.
It seems we are in a cold spell. Today's high will be 18 degrees, tomorrow's will be 13 degrees, with a low of -13. Brrr.
However, creativity does warm the heart and soul, and we are deep in the mystery of this new body of work.
What comes next is fulfilling intention, hopefully that means the materials begin to advance our way, so that we may begin to physically move new pieces into our visual senses and enjoy the presence of their presence.
The image above is from an earlier work, altered books in bottles. You never know what will unfold from the mystery, but if you stay with it, something exciting and lovely comes about.
Here it is, the 20th of January, and we're three days into our sabbatical.
We have been watching the Joseph Campbell series on DVD. Something well worth your time,
if you have the chance.
This is the time of year when we both need to dive deep into our work that is opening before us.
A time to read and write and talk together about the feelings within the unfolding work. It helps us
to get a sense of direction and flow that begins to pour out, as we enter into the new spaces and find new time opening doorways, not seen before.
We savor this time and are surrounded by the mystery of it.
This is one of the many things we see on our walk outside our studio.
Looks very nice with the fresh snow.
Sometimes it's important to relax and rewind.
The other night we watched "A Good Year", with Russell Crowe.
A wonderful movie, worth seeing again.
Sometimes, when working so very hard on arranging a studio, it is important to stop.
It is important to rest and recharge your own batteries, and on a cold winter's night
it is fitting to watch Jane Eyre, the one with Timothy Dalton and Zetah Clarke. It just is.
Snow today, with the weather as blizzard and all whiteness surrounding.
Inside, reading, looking at books and journals.
Heating up rice bags to stay warm and cozy. Microwave beeps. Water rolls into a boil, ready to whistle. Calling the hot cocoa to the cup, where they will meet over a spoon of whipped cream.
On the screen a faux fire flames and crackles, making us feel warmer, and laughing at the silliness of it all.
Snow seems to help people step out of their routine, good or bad, to look up and around, to see other than what you are used to peering at.
Today is just that kind of day, one where looking is seeing differently.
And that is a good kind of day.
Sometimes working at the studio is about working on the website.
Since 2000 we've been hosted elsewhere, and lately it has been difficult to access that site from our various computers; at the house, at the studio, on the laptop in a cafe.
Which is why we switched to Weebly. We can work on our site, add info, entries to our blog, any number of things. A relief.
So we're excited about this new year and being able to share with you more of the creative life. Thank you Weebly for hosting our site. You make it look easy.
We have been working all day on the studio.
We have moved books around, and we have lots of books, so that was no small job.
We also were able to unload the table we put up to work on our show, which means that's
been there since before Thanksgiving. Now we have more room, since the table folds away.
We also hung several of our 3D pieces, adding to the atmosphere, which makes us very happy.
Had a wonderful dinner tonight and even some eggnog and rum, to top things off. Now to watch a
movie and relax.
Hope your day was a good one.
Today we take down our "The Coming of Fairies" art show, that has been up at the Camden Public Library for the month of December. We are fortunate to show there, because we get families coming in to view the show, which you don't get in other galleries.
We are already scheduled to show there again next December, and the name of that show will be "Metamorphosis". We are five paintings into that series already.
Now to find places for the artwork coming back to the studio!