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I Miss My Studio

April 29, 2011

A Walk in the Woods - Collage, 5x5"

It’s been such a difficult week for the state that I live in, and for us as well in terms of  uncertainty and anxiety, since we were in the projected path of all the tornado warnings for 24 hours on Wednesday.  That part was stressful and scary, since no one can predict with perfect accuracy where or when these storms will strike. At times there were an amazing number of simultaneous, overlapping warning areas on the radar. But I’m sure that with all the updated technology more lives were spared than with dangerous storms in the past. Still, what we are seeing now in the aftermath is that all of us who still have our homes and our loved ones have no complaint about any of it.

These storms were historic in their severity and number. The unprecedented event kept most of us glued to our local news channels and the weather channel for the entire time, trying to be ready to go to a “safe area” in our house. Knowing all the while there’s no safe place above ground with some of these more powerful tornadoes. I know that was our experience.

And now for me, there’s only the cleanup outside right here in my yard and garden. And I am grateful that that is all I have to be concerned about. I have a roof over my head, and a bed to sleep in.

But today I will have no choice but spend some time outside. In addition to replacing some young tomato plants that took a severe beating with the wind and rain, I have to add dirt to my potatoes in grow bags, which have jumped up about another six inches since all that water came down.

A few family members are without power in Huntsville, just 45 minutes from here. We may need to assist them in some way too.

As a result of all this, I suppose I’ll be putting off studio time for today and maybe even for the weekend. And I miss my studio. I go out there and just walk around sometimes, looking at possibilities and things I’d like to do next. It will wait.

The above collage is a little something I put together last week. Even though it’s not technically one of the “Scrolls” series, it has the same feel.

It’s titled “A Walk in the Woods” – expressing another thing I’d like to do soon. But that will have to wait too until the soggy ground dries out a little.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2011 9:09 am

    Martha — Very frightening time for you and your family — just glad you are safe and that soon you’ll be back in the studio — Kelly

    • May 2, 2011 8:41 am

      Thanks, Kelly. The studio is sounding better and better. I’m hoping to get out there again this week.

  2. Joni Beach permalink
    May 1, 2011 8:18 pm

    Martha, I am very glad you are safe. I’ve lived in several tornado areas over the years, including Alabama, and know the feeling of watching and waiting… also have family members in Huntsville–safe but with daily life disrupted for now…

    As the recovery continues, may your creative work help give you moments of peace.

    • May 2, 2011 8:44 am

      Thanks for the thoughts, Joni. Yes, we have family in Huntsville without power now too. It’s amazing what a hit the power system took. And I’m totally in agreement that creating can be therapeutic. I’m looking forward to studio time.

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