Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Transitions in life and in art

It's been an interesting summer thus far.  Back in April we moved out of our apartment, put almost all of our possessions in storage and went to live in the country with friends.  My daughter, our dog Birdie and I have a lovely three room apartment that is attached to the home of our good friends.  Being here has been a joy and a pleasure.  Our friends Tony and Regina are kind and fun loving people. 

Being here has given a boost to my creative energy.  I've painted more in the last two months then I have in a year.  Bear in mind though that I have been creative in other ways.  Knitting, crocheting, and jewelry making are wonderful ways to create.  But, painting is my first love.  I do after all have a Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in painting.

Giving up my apartment and putting my life into storage was not easy.  There is a feeling of being in limbo that is a bit disconcerting.  On the other hand, I've had wonderful opportunities for peace, quiet and reflection.  Every evening after dinner, weather permitting, the family and I take a long walk.  The opportunity to be in nature, breathe in the fresh air and listen for the bird and frog sounds is amazingly relaxing.  I feel the importance of this time.  It's a chance for my soul to heal so that it can go back out into the world stronger, more focused and poised to create on a deeper level. 

It has also been great for my daughter to be part of a loving and generous family.  Those family walks in the evening are great for her as well.  She gets to run, ride her bike, and entertain us with her antics.  Having the undivided attention of three loving adults must be so affirming for her.  When we are all laughing at her performances it gives her the impetus to continue.  She is in a sense honing her craft.  After all, her art is performance.  And all forms of creative energy and expression are valid.

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