Friday, May 28, 2010

Want to know a secret....


I like stacks. I like to work my way through the stacks feeling as if bit by bit I am accomplishing something big (in a manageable way). I have just over three weeks to get to every cupboard, drawer and shelf emptied and packed up so if I keep at it slow and steady, no worries. What I haven't been doing, however, is painting. It has been too cold and rainy to open my studio door (for ventilation) this past week and to tell you the truth I've lost my focus. I did notice something really strange when I was looking around my studio the other day assessing the packing required. I have sold all but two of the paintings I've made during my time here in California. My work created in this past year of massive upheaval and transition will exist in my mind and in other places but I won't be looking at it daily in my teeny-tiny (warm, dry and well lit) studio. None of the California pieces will live with me. I kind of like that...

I wish you a long, lovely and relaxing weekend.

5 comments:

Kolleen said...

i wish you a getting through your stacks type of weekend!!

i, too like to work through stacks and it's funny how accomplished i feel as i watch it start to dwindle and get smaller and smaller and smaller!!

that is so great that you have sold many of your painting!! you are ready to open a new door to a new adventure...which will bring on many new creations!!!

cheers to you!!

xoxo
k

Gloria Freshley said...

Your California paintings have been wonderful. I look forward to seeing what comes forth when you return to your home. Best of luck with the move back and the transition.

tangled sky studio said...

kolleen-one stack at a time, right? i seem to be getting ahead of myself with the stacks and behind on the wrapping and boxing part!
gloria-thank you. i have truly loved and lived every piece i created here and i'm thrilled that each piece found it's place out there. i too am so excited to see what comes next...

gretchenmist said...

i can understand a little loss of focus with all these things going on!
have been meaning to say, i hope you are going ok with being in one place while some of your family are in another.
it's great that you have sold so much work! i can imagine it would feel strange to have to part with so much too though.

Leililaloo said...

Dear Beth, your strenght, optimizm and lovingness pours trough your words in this blog and from your paintings. It so inspiring to see what a true home-maker and artist is capable of. Going back and forth, building homes and creating incredibly beautiful paintings, trhough the whle counrty in such a short amount of time. That just wow's me. I whish i knew how to be as strong and focused as you. So loosing some of that focuse during this time just makes you a tender and real person, allow your self to go through the process as you need to go through it.

I am feeling confused about balancing to be an artist-a mother- a wife and a bread winner, at the same time. Seeing you do all that you do so well makes me feel like i am just complaining and a bit of a cry baby. I should take you as an exampel, and just do it all the best that i can!!!