I’m not feeling guilty, but do feel adrift somewhat since the opening. Now it’s well and truly up, and I can breathe, get the house and our lives back in order after months of (almost) neglect.
I am trying to accustom myself to an easier pace and finding it difficult.
This fell from our roof (or guttering I imagine). Kicked off by birds doing what they do, and landed on the front step. How wonderful! Moss. So I gathered it up and made a little terrarium which is engrossing in it’s tiny detail and making me happy. A timely reminder to take it easy and let a little gather on this stone that has been rolling for what seems like the longest time.
I am swaying between languid gazing out the window and furtive activity. I even had a spontaneous shopping expedition which was fruitful and exciting and brave. Very proud of myself.
There has been a shedding of detritus. Paperwork that has piled up. Piles that need to be sorted.
There has been gathering of other things. Happy catch ups, re-connections in real time or blog world (so out of touch with so many beautiful blogs). Knitting together of yarn and plans and plots.
And a personal need for speed that I am (nearly) resisting.
Views from a speeding train (Barcelona to Monpellier), by Amanda Van Gils
Amanda is a Melbourne Artist who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing online and off for a few years now. Last December she showed the works featured in this book at Jenny Port Gallery to rave reviews. Seeing the works up close was a wonderful and fascinating experience. To be looking at a speeding landscape as you stand – still and quiet in your own space – brings peace and movement at the same time. Exactly how I’d describe my present state of being.
Views from a speeding train (Barcelona to Nice), by Amanda Van Gils
When she made a calendar of the work available I bought it straight away and it’s been making me happy on a daily basis ever since.
I think it’s fantastic how as artists we are able to self-publish and make work available to people who may not otherwise be able to afford a larger painting, or who would like to sit with it in their own home for a time and get acquainted with a new style or body of work before making the decision to invest.
How lovely to be able to gather moss and speed at the same time. 😉