With one kid away at University and the other up and at ’em and out the door on her own each morning (her preference, I must add), my mornings are fairly quiet. Most days, I use those mornings to savor some coffee, make a quick sketch, and then go about my business of working day-job hours, errand running, etc. It is a rare thing indeed to allow days in a row of sinking into what I think of as my own particular Artist’s Pace.
Let me set the stage. The Hub is usually just a couple rooms down the hall working his day job, entertaining a seemingly endless series of conference calls. If I do take an ‘art day’ to spend in my studio space, it is with door closed and music on to block out the din of the rest of the house. It’s usually about sitting down and getting things done. Business. And the business of art is important stuff, lacking in romance though it may be. But this week, the Hub is out of town for his business (I think it’s nice they get to all talk face to face now and again, don’t you?) and I have found myself with a few days of this house to myself and the dogs who aren’t much for conference calls, or any conversation for that matter. And while it took me a bit of the weekend and much of yesterday, I found myself awakened today, settled into my own sense of The Pace of Things. I find it fascinating how much Real Work I can get done in the course of one day in the studio when I am not pushing so hard; when I allow that sense of play and timelessness to set the tone for the day and for my process. My mindset is different for a few days’ solitude and I am reminded that it truly is just a mindset; one that I can tap into in spite of the din of the day to day, should I simply allow it.
There is much to be worked on again today upstairs but first, I spent some time outside, admiring my morning entertainment, in the form of the chickens whom I could seriously sit and observe for hours at a time.
They are truly endearing creatures and I am enjoying their company greatly these days. As well as their amazing eggs. Thank you girls!
While the chickens scritch and scratch away looking for bugs, the dogs play peekaboo with each other and the squirrels.
And the brooks that criss-cross our land babble along happily in the company of jewel toned autumn leaves.
Indoors blank canvases and bits of specially prepared papers await my attention. The very whiteness of blank canvases, or a new journal for that matter, used to intimidate me to the point of avoidance and inactivity. This is not so any more. To me the site (and feel) of a freshly sanded canvas is an invitation to explore another world. I accept this invitation gladly, with my bags packed for adventure.
Lately I have been traveling north for these imaginary adventures, where I seek out the magic of the ‘Merry Dancers’, The Norther Lights. My earthly self has the witnessing of the Aurora Borealis on my life-list of goals, but my astral, internalized self has been seeing them for ages now, and they are beginning to come to the page.
There will be plenty days ahead full of the ‘business’ of applying for shows, cataloguing work, purchasing supplies, getting the word out about the Taos trip, managing the day to day of our home and family, etc., etc. But for today, my toes are tucked into my sheepskin slipper-boots, my pajamas are ready for a spot of two of paint should that occur, and I am ready to fall headlong into today’s adventures.
Artists are the keepers of the creative flame in this world. We are the dancers and drawers, the makers and musicians, the magicians and conjurers of worlds not yet brought to light. It is our job to allow the spaciousness for these worlds to come into being.
“There are myth places, they exist, each in their own way. Some of them are overlaid on the world; others exist beneath the world as it is, like an underpainting.” ~Neil Gaiman