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‘Tis the Season

December 20, 2017

It’s holiday time again, and I hope many of you are planning to spend it with family and some great friends to celebrate the traditions you love.

That tradition for me is Christmas. And, for me, every year seems to be a little different. Some years in the past, depending on the family’s big plans, the holidays were a marathon of cooking, cleaning, decorating, and late nights standing over a bed or counter wrapping an endless assortment of gifts. But there were years when I couldn’t quite anticipate them with joy. Couldn’t quite get into the spirit of things. My Scrooge years.

Then there was the occasional Martha Stewart year, when I would string lights all over inverted tomato cages and put them on my front porch. And then I was over it for a couple of years. This year I have my same little table top tree, and a few lights strung across the mantel. And it gives me a cozy feeling.

But as an artist, the constant for me has been the anticipation and relishing of the quiet time right after the madness of the holidays. When others are happily occupied elsewhere and digging out from under the trappings, I love the solitude of my studio and more art supplies than any one person deserves.

It’s a season of creativity and promise, and like the dormant bulbs in my little flower bed, a lot is happening just under the surface. I can feel the shift already. My thoughts (and dreams) are already turning once again to creating with a renewed energy.

Yesterday I started cleaning my studio, which I’d been avoiding, plugged in all my big lights, and turned on some music. Next, I put the finishing touches on a painting that I hadn’t quite managed to resolve back in the summer. It’s been shown in this blog before as a work in progress. It’s now finished and ready to find a new home.

Fire and Ice – Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, 20 x 24 inches.

And here are a few works in progress. Just like me.

On a table over there . . .

In this corner by the window . . .

And in another corner:

So many possibilities. Have a wonderful rest of the year and a fabulous new year!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2017 10:51 am

    Thanks for the well wishes ..I so enjoy your colour palette.

  2. Good Golly Miss Molly permalink
    December 20, 2017 11:17 am

    Martha – I love this! And the newly finished piece is great… You’ve really spoken well here about that wonderful feeling of taking comfort and joy in our art – the work, the process, the studio – all of it. Best holiday wishes to you and great times in the studio in 2018.

    Molly in San Diego

    • December 20, 2017 2:49 pm

      Thank you, Molly. Sending best wishes to you as well. I hope it’s a creative time for you.

  3. patqu permalink
    December 20, 2017 5:41 pm

    Enjoy your holiday however you wish to enjoy it. Happy holidays to you too, Martha. Love all the colorful projects.

  4. December 28, 2017 4:49 am

    Love to see your work. I don’t ‘do’ Christmas much and feel delighted to be this side of it. Like you I look forward to the quiet creative time ahead. Best wishes for the coming year Martha.

    • December 28, 2017 7:40 am

      Yes, Wild Daffodil, it is so nice to be on this side of it. While most are trying to dig out from under empty boxes, wrappings, and trappings, we can take some well-deserved days off from the madness.

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