So this summer I chose to do something RADICAL! I chose not to work. The summer was spent mostly on Pender Island with the delightful, knowledgeable and best friend a girl could have, Diane. My need for time to enjoy life without the stresses of the previous months was palpable. Miles of walking, tossing bales, feeding sheep, gathering eggs, checking cows, weeding the garden, floating in a dugout and drinking scotch as the sun set worked like a tonic. Being in nature, experiencing new life, and enjoying the friendship of my amazing neighbours might have actually removed a few of the wrinkles on my face! Perhaps I should try to market this 🙂 In the meantime please find several good friends and play fast scrabble while responsibly taste testing several good single malts. I guarantee laughter and a new vocabulary!
I’m unsure as to when I will produce new artwork. Hopefully soon. I am being patient with myself and am grateful for your notes and encouragement while I walk this path. More insights into my progress will be posted along the way. Here’s to enjoying this amazing fall weather and basking in summer memories.
You have been where I was today…..sitting at the computer and all of a sudden the sun bursts through the clouds and hits you in the eye. Beautiful! Because I can – I did. A spontaneous picnic. I keep a basket with a blanket and binoculars at the ready and happened to have some left over cheese and crackers from all the parties recently. Some fruit and a cup of tea and I was on the path. Two minutes later I am on the edge of the ocean studying the fishing practices of the Common Merganser. Nothing common about a spontaneous picnic in the sunshine in January – bliss!
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Elmore Leonard
I snapped over 100 photos today. Much like trying out new ideas, not all of them were successful! Sometimes I will have created a piece 20-30 times over before it becomes what I had been envisioning. Edit, edit, edit. For any of you who are Elmore Leonard fans I am currently reading Road Dogs. I was turned on to E. Leonard by Danny Finkleman of Finkleman’s 45s and if you too were a fan I want you to put on your favorite song and go dance in the kitchen!
Originally published in 1955 – Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I am a repeat offender of this book. Each time I read it I am touched by something different.
“I am very fond of the oyster shell. It is humble and awkward and ugly. It is slate-colored and unsymmetrical. Its form is not primarily beautiful but functional. I make fun of its knobbiness. Sometimes I resent its burdens and excrescences. But its tireless adaptability and tenacity draw my astonished admiration and sometimes even my tears. And it is comfortable in its familiarity, its homeliness, like old garden gloves when have molded themselves perfectly to the shape of the hand. I do not like to put it down. I will not want to leave it.”
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
Walking, sitting, listening. This retreat has been very social and full of friends and laughter. The fun and side-splitting get-togethers have been so very good for my spirit. I have been sure to balance this with quiet time, no radio, no tv, no computer (!). It is during these times that I spot loveliness. Moss, birds in flight, ice on puddles, rainbows in dewdrops, and this lovely almost transparent mushroom barely an inch in height with spider webs attached. I’m feeling inspired by the textures and colours surrounding me.
I brought my one and only task on retreat. I need to take all my 2012 receipts and tally them up for the tax spreadsheet for my accountant. Every year I say that I will keep up monthly….and every year I don’t! I know myself and have learned that if I have something to look forward to as a reward (I know, I know, how old am I?!) I will eventually give in and finish the job. This year my carrot on a stick was a chainmaille kit. I have a date with some friends tonight and thought it would be fun to have something new and colourful to wear so…….it took me 3 days of sifting through paper but – tada!! Loving my new bracelet and earrings! I am challenged by dyslexia so chainmaille can be quite interesting! Frustrating but satisfying. Once I had completed the bracelet and earrings I took the scales that were extra and worked out colour groupings and then using both sides of my brain and producing quite a lot of smoke (!), I figured out how to create a colour pattern for two more pairs. Shelley, if you see some errors please don’t tell me about them! Check out this Canadian company for some great products and fun kits! http://www.metaldesignz.com