THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS
STOPPED BY HERE AND GIVEN SUPPORT
IN THE PAST YEAR!
SENDING OUT WARM WISHES FOR A
JOY, PEACE AND GOOD CHEER
|Winter Meditation No. 6|
We had a wonderful visit with my family over the Christmas holiday and now we are settling back home, hunkered down as a blizzard blazes a trail across the midwest. The year is winding down rapidly, even as I try to slow my pace to one that invites a bit of contemplation. This is a time ripe for reflection, looking back and looking forward. I am just so grateful for the changes that have happened in my life over the last year. I have met an amazing number of people across the world, seen so much art work that has both humbled and inspired me, and reached people with my own work in ways I never dreamed possible! And to think, this year was just the beginning...so much more to learn, so much more to explore! Thank you all for being a part of my unfolding future!
Apparently all those late night meetings I talked about in the blog a couple of weeks ago came quietly to an end. I think everything resolved itself without my having to attend another one. In fact, I got a simple memo in the wee hours a few nights ago and it barely disturbed my sleep. It was the answer to the big unresolved question about A Walk Through The Universe and the final piece in the puzzle of how this blog will evolve in the coming year. I think what I have in mind is exciting and I hope you'll think so too! We'll try this out and see what we all think....if it's meaningful for readers and for me and if it provides a nice balance. Here's the plan for the 2011 Missouri Bend Studio blog!
Monday: studio visit with Ms. P (that's me)....who knows what I'll share....what I'm making or thinking about making, joys, frustrations, inspirations, etc.
Tuesday: A Walk Through The Universe. This feature is taking a fork in the road for a number of reasons. While so rewarding to do, it has taken a lot of time and energy away from the studio, which is where I need to refocus my energy. And, I'd like to expand the horizons and make connections across disciplines, including the sciences and humanties when possible. The "memo" I got in my sleep the other night just had one word scrawled on it, which was "Color". Voila! It's the linking topic that will provide the focus for each month. Looking at a different color from lots of angles...through the arts, nature, history, etc. I'm excited to begin!
Wednesday: Word of the Week. This will be a weekly linking look at words found in the dictionary. Like the initial structure of A Walk Through The Universe, the idea is that each week's word/definition will lead the one for the following week.
Thursday: Made By Hand. Designed to be a tribute to the art and craft that is made by hand. In a world increasingly monopolized by technology and speed, I want to honor the importance of things made by the human hand. This will be a kind of visiting artist/craftperson feature.
Friday: another studio visit with Ms. P.
This may all sound rather more ambitious than what I've been doing, but I think I have a handle on it and can make it work...famous last words! Hope you all have a fantastic year....work hard, enjoy life and watch for the little points of light along the way! Cheers!
1. A receptacle, such as a carton, can, or jar, in which material is held or carried.
2. A large reusable receptacle that can accommodate smaller cartons or cases in a single shipment, designed for efficient handling of cargo.
So there is a lot of overlap, but it seems that the vessel, when used as a "container" refers more to something that holds liquid....
So, I had this idea to take photographs of many of the containers we have in the house filled with all manner of little things, but the camera batteries died, so at least I have this first one to show for my efforts. I would maintain that this this little bowl, made by my husband Johntimothy years ago, is a vessel, not just a container. It is totally filled with sharks teeth that we collected during summer sojourns to the beach at Topsail Beach, North Carolina, where my family would gather for a week summer after summer at this central location for those of us coming from various parts of the country. Sharks teeth galore! Many hours were spent, especially by Johntimothy, combing the sand for the color and shape that might indicate a shark's tooth. His eyes were more attuned to the hunt and he always collected vastly more than the rest of us combined. I have fond memories of those weeks...we watched my nieces and nephews grow up, as we saw them anew summer after summer. The sun and the sea, fine food, good conversation, the dictionary game, Scrabble, so many books to read between us all that we were afraid the "book police" would come and confiscate our loot.
Those sharks teeth aren't liquid, but that's really only part of what fills the little bowl...the memories of those summers flow freely into all the spaces between the teeth and fill it to the rim. You see, I had no idea what I would write when I began this post with that little bowl of sharks teeth...but the memories came flooding back and then they came pouring out...the bowl contains something liquid...it must be a vessel.
|Winter Meditation No.5|
A little time squeezed in downstairs in the studio for another quiet meditation on winter. This must feel foreign to those of you in the southern hemisphere who are experiencing plenty of sunshine and warmth...at least in theory!
I'm glad to hear, from the comments on my last post, that I am not alone in being called to these late night meetings! Surprisingly, the big meeting where all the final decisions will be made hasn't been called and I've had a few uninterrupted nights of sleep, with what I hope have been pleasant dreams!
I didn't mention to you the close alliance between The One Who Loves To Make Art and MissouriBendStudio The Blog, who sat quietly in the back at those last meetings. They were both in agreement and of one mind that this blog is a creative act in and of itself and that The One Who Loves To Make Art, as the self with the most clout in the meetings, would speak on her behalf. And of course, early on, there had been the tug-of-war between Missouri Bend Studio The Blog and The One Seeking Balance about the idea of five regular posts a week....it seemed, at first, that more work was being generated, rather than less, but everyone in group listened carefully to each other (for a change!) and it was agreed that it would be feasible to have five short and meaningful posts a week that actually left more time for The One To Who Loves To Make Art to get her momentum back. She loves the blog and all her blogging friends as much as Missouri Bend Studio The Blog!
And now, as I have my last push to tidy things up and get ready to take a week off for the holidays, I have begun to feel a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to spending a week with my wonderful husband and my family who will be gathered in Athens, Georgia. I'll be posting A Walk Through The Universe tomorrow night before we leave and have a featured artist scheduled for the 27th, so you'll have that to look forward to! Sending my warm wishes to all of you for a joyful and relaxing holiday season....with eyes toward a fine and prosperous year in 2011. Thanks so much for your support and a hearty welcome to the newest followers!
|Winter Meditation No.3|
Winter is clearly upon us now, as a blizzard has brought several fresh inches of snow, drifted into bizarre formations from the 30 mile an hour winds! These are busy times for every one, but still I find myself reflecting on plans for the coming year. I am rethinking the blogs, including this one, MissouriBendStudio and MissouriBendPaperWorks, where I have a daily posting of a found text poem. Keeping up with two blogs is getting to be too much to handle and I think I will combine them in some way, but things haven't quite settled into place yet...still in the pondering stage....the kind that occasionally wakes you up in the middle of the night with the nudge of an idea, then keeps you tossing and turning for hours on end! I need the structure of a regular posting, but I just don't have the time I did when I started that first blog nearly a year ago. My plan was to do the daily found text poem for at least a year and then reevaluate. I love making those little poems, but don't know if I can still make it a daily ritual. I had absolutely no idea that first week in January 2010 where my life would be at this point in time....does any of us really? The blogs are important to me, so I'm still working out how to make sure the blog I end up with is as meaningful for you as it is for me...a place to learn and grow and share! Once again, I'm here to thank you for your comments, your support and the thread you each represent in a the woven fabric that is my life. I am looking forward with great cheer to see what happens next! See you here tomorrow with a new posting for A Walk Through The Universe! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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