Looking back I could see it coming. Burn out….I was going to need a break. How about a four month hiatus from blogging? Last year was much like juggling flaming knives while studying for finals during a hurricane while riding a roller coaster… in a kilt.
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I hit a wall. I needed a LONG hot bath and a nap! Real life had left little time for Art. Or teaching. Or cleaning. Or thinking.
Honesty, I did not plan to take the break. It was forced upon me. One week led to two weeks to a month and well, you know….
I did have every intention of continuing my 365 project on Instagram as a means of staying in the loop. That lasted about a month or so until my 2 year old smartphone – 187 in cell phone years – stopped wanting to upload, download, or otherwise communicate with the internet. It was in my face….take a break!
Did I do a ton of art in the meantime? Not as much as I could have.
Is my house super clean and ready for a magazine photo shoot? Not so much.
Have I been teaching classes in art/history/math/science. Well, yes. Yes, I have. I am a homeschooling mom. But even that hasn’t felt as complete as I would have desired.
Maybe it was that long cold winter we had here in the mid-Atlantic…Too much snow time?Feeling a bit confined….So exactly what have I been doing with all this “extra” time?Reading! I read a stack of books. More than what’s here. Art books, business books, fun books, life books. Some on a device, but lots of real, hold it-in-your-hand, turn-the-page kind of books. Repurposing some tattered IKEA lamps headed out to Goodwill….Creating a little mixed media statement art for a friend….Handcarving stamps…Adjusting to our newest family member, my Christmas present….Big Daddy Hines….sweet, but maybe a tiny bit overenthusiastic…Experiencing dog parks for the first time – ever…wow! Add dog training books to the list above.He’s a good-looking lad. A tad narcissistic? Maybe just confused…He is a kind of big-headed….those itty-bitty little feet, though!…perspective is everything!Helping my girl figure out how to make these window seat box cushions for her Girl Scout Gold Award project!!! Thanks to the most generous donation of cabinetry for the entire room from Closet Factory, our church’s youth space is handsomely outfitted for the many uses it must handle. These cushions were just one part of the many pieces of this project that was completed in March. Yay! Girl Scout Gold Award…Check! Celebrating her 17th birthday with some FUN fool-the-eye cupcakes made with rice cereal/marshmallow-type toppings with all kinds of flattened, cut up, dipped and sugared candies pretending to be Chinese take-out…The broccoli is really lime Tootsie Rolls split and dipped in green icing then dipped in green sugar. Flattened and folded caramel squares made up the fortune cookies with special custom birthday fortunes….Teaching…did I mention that I am teaching Driver’s Ed to this one? (add dyeing my hair to the list!) This mode of transportation was a tiny bit less stressful of a ride along….a blast actually!Spending time with these girlies doing RVA! This is their last year together as Girl Scouters. Some have been with us since Brownies….sniff.Checking out the Girl Scout Commonwealth Council of Virginia Century of Leadership display at VCU Branch Cabell Library…Posing at the Jefferson Hotel…and lunching at Tobacco Company in Shockoe Slip…
Restarting a yoga practice abandoned long ago after a neck injury, which led to a weekend trek to Yogaville with a group of wonderfully adventurous women. We laughed, meditated, hiked, did a little yoga, slept in dorm rooms and made new friends.
The latest project has been working with my girl on gorilla costumes for an upcoming production of Tarzan. Not the greatest cell phone picture but I can’t blame it on my shiny new device….She’s a beaut! We have four of them in our family now (and one S4 for the black sheep)…Pretty stunning the advancements in just two years… Crazy good stuff!Baking and decorating what I am sure is the first ever backwards birthday manatee cake in our house…Dying coffee filters to feed my apparent obsession with paper flowers.….more about that project in my next post….
Looking to start up some more workshops and classes to get an Art in Real Life Revolution started. Been spending a lot of time looking around the area for the kind of art experience I want to have. Looking and looking. There are things going on in RVA, for sure. But nothing that felt like the right kind of space for the FUN ART experience I have been searching for.
It’s possible, though, that the space has found me.
….more about that in a future post, as well…. promise it won’t be four months!I
Hope you have spent the first months of 2014 doing something good for your soul….