Thursday, January 27, 2011

The days are getting longer...

A melancholy faux-memory for a time when branches are bare,
nests are empty, and eggs are stones.

The days are getting longer, and I feel like I might start creating some art again. Seasonal depression is such a bore. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

January is half over. WHAT?!? *sigh*

At least we are that much closer to Spring. On the other hand, winter can be so wonderfully beautiful. As a child, I loved to explore the woods near my home, especially after a heavy snowfall. Then the branches, arching close over my head with the weight of snow, became a magical, soft tunnel from which I emerged with my own sparkling mantle of white. Now, as an adult, having to commute through the ice and snow to spend my day doing what I do not prefer, can rob the season of its charm. How nice if we could declare winter to be one long holiday, compelled never to leave home unless we chose to visit friends or buy food to be eaten with our families in our warm kitchens.  

“Being in this room on a winter night, 
alone or with one or two great friends,
the sparkling coal fire with its low 
brass-bound fender, the familiar things all around,
sitting in a chair which becomes a nest 
with letters and papers and baskets and telephone
scattered on the floor, dogs comfortably 
settled by the fire, or near the draught of the door
according to their thickness of coat, 
is my idea of an evening happily spent.”

Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire,  
The House: A Portrait of Chatsworth

Friday, January 7, 2011

And so begins another year…

"Angel of Light." Christmas 2010
I wish I had had the foresight to put up a post after Christmas that said “Holiday hiatus in effect, see you later!” I didn’t do so, because I had intended to keep up with Collagitation blog throughout the holidays. Next year I’ll know better—or try harder! I have this dilemma, where I still desire to post my own artwork, but, especially during the holidays, I didn’t make the time to do any. So I ended up not posting anything. However, I did take some nice pictures of the decorations in our house, so I’ll use some of those instead.
The arrangement above is situated in a corner of the dining room, which is an interior room with no windows so it is ideal for this type of display. I saw the crystal bowl full of lights and silver ornaments on a Christmas house tour several years ago, then later I found the lovely angel figure (at the Salvation Army store, no less) and I love how she looks hovering over the lit bowl.

My New Year’s Resolution, of course, is to resume regularly making artwork. I wish all of you a happy, productive, prosperous and serene year in 2011!

"Go into yourself and test the depths in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create."   Rainer Maria Rilke


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