New From the Studio
Production in the studio has not stopped, even with distractions all around me. When one “retires” to do her art, aren’t things supposed to slow down just a bit? Though I would love to just be a studio hermit and do my art all day, I feel a need to engage with real people out in the world. For a long time after we moved from Florida to Alabama, I indulged my inertia and just stayed home and did art day after day, week after week, with breaks for gardening, and breadmaking, and playing with my dogs. And, well, there is the old one — 16 now — who requires a lot of attention, and has had me staying close around for her.
But being with people is necessary to keep a sense of life balance. I’ve begun to reach out to various groups, none of which are art-oriented. An artist’s group would be wonderful, but that will happen in time. There is an environmental group, a local voter registration effort, and a small women’s group that meets once a month for lunch and conversation. Balance is the word. It may be time to cut back on my social calendar just a little bit so I can do more art.
I have loved having new papers — my most favorite thing in the world. Here is one of my most recent happy collages. I hope you like it. It’s a combination of drawing and painting on magazine clippings and a gelli print. (Click on the image to see a full description and price.)