Night time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12

Night time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12
Night Time River Cruise, Saranac River 6x12

Friday, February 5, 2016

Behind the scenes … or is it just behind?

Just about wrapped up a purge month of January. No. No diet or crazy exercises. A purge of the corners of my computer/card making/sewing/bookkeeping room month. Got through about with half the magazines out the door - a lot! - and some books and paperwork of zero relevance.

Baby Sleeping Bag Quilt for Emin.
Five garbage bags later – I found my sewing machine and got to making the long promised quilt for No. 1 grand boy born November 29.  I am no match for quiltmakers of days of yore but it is a fine way to celebrate his birth with scrapes and pieces of memories. Hopefully it will be used til falling apart long into the future.

The same purge mode is beginning to happen in the studio. Corners are being vanquished and some cupboards will be reduced to clarity again. Children and grand kids will do that to you. Why leave all this junk for them? Granted some is bonafide memory stuff, but really they do not need to deal with: "Mom why did you save mini cigar boxes or six pane storm windows?"

Creatives know why but can't always explain. Some idea at the time seemed to take hold but vanished into the ether when a season changed or other distant emergencies arose.

Chilly and Bright, South Creek
Then there are the priorities. Gotta paint. Yes that is what I have to do. The clarity of a semi straightened out space gives me permission to head into work that has needed to get out of my head and on paper.

Grapes and Roses (seen last month) was inspired by that distant trip I made to France some summers ago. There are other images that need outing from that visit and I have to get to them. Then Chilly and Bright began this past fall as noted in the "Yellow Day" edition.

So it has not all been garbage bags and thread snipping.

Stay tuned for new work.

Artliveslong, D




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