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This is an online journal of my artistic investigations and a way to communicate about my work, ideas, quandries and queries! I welcome comments and conversation and do hope you enjoy these musings. My artwork is available in my shop MissouriBendStudio on Etsy.com or on my website.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Envisioning 2012

Welcome to 2012!  I hope this year brings many wonderful surprises to your life....I am hopeful of good things to come.  As one year moves seamlessly into the next, I find myself envisioning what I'd like my life to look like in the time ahead and what it will take on my part to make it happen. Sometimes, it's hard work to make things come to fruition, but it helps when there is a vision to guide you.  I'm finding also, that sometimes all that is required is a change of attitude, which can make life look completely different.

I am still thinking about the conversation with you, my readers, that will unfold over the coming months and how I can do a better job of engagement, creating interest and inspiration for all of us.  No concrete resolution yet, but in my musings, I've thought about authenticity, what it is that makes me happy, and what are the lifestyle choices that define me.  Where are the gaps that exist between the person I aspire to be and the one who walks in my shoes day to day.

My husband and I had a wonderful Christmas holiday in Athens, Georgia where a good deal of my family gathers each year at my brother's house.  It's a time of good cheer, good food and drink and generous gift giving.  Books are always high on the list and this year was no exception....I have a LOT of reading to do....

Among the titles are a number of books that will enhance my life in the kitchen, where my aspirations are to live a life filled with nourishing, beautifully prepared food.  I love good food, but often find that I'm in such a hurry, I don't take time to enjoy the process of preparing food that is equal parts healthy and beautiful.  A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented For Your Kitchen is wonderful book by the owner of 5 & 10, a fabulous restaurant in Athens, Georgia, where we go each year. John and I have become very intrigued with the world of cheese in the past couple of years and ended up giving each other books on the subject. My book, Artisan Cheese Making At Home, promises a lot of goodness in our cheese future....if I'm up to the task! I'm also interested in learning to bake bread and one of the books in the pile here is my source of knowledge, From A Baker's Kitchen: Techniques and Recipes for Professional Quality Baking In The Home Kitchen.  I've admired this beautiful book, Vegetables: From Amaranth to Zucchini, as it's been given to some one of the family members each year for the past several....this year John and I were the recipients and I'm so glad to have it....well researched and beautifully presented, the book gives all kinds of background information and recipes for all the vegetables you've been curious about, but have been too intimidated to try, not to mention the ones everyone knows and loves.  

So, when I'm not in the studio or in the kitchen, I have plenty of other reading to do....among the lovely new titles on my shelves are the following: 

The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal
Swamplandia, by Karen Russell

I'm overwhelmed!  Meanwhile, there is job hunting, time in the studio, yoga practice and my usual musings about life to keep me occupied.  We are all a little bewildered by the weather in this part of the country these days. No snow....how we could have driven from South Dakota to Georgia and back at the end of the December and not seen any snow is beyond me!  I'm not complaining in the least....not with a weather forecast predicted to reach the upper 50s in a few days.  Strangely enough, here's the view this afternoon from the front of the house....not the usual January view.

But here's something that calls to mind a more normal vision for this time of year....Trees In Winter, a new piece in my shop:

Hope the start of the new year has been full of new energy and inspiration for you...feel free to share new visions for your year!  


  1. Great to have you back Patti. What a lovely new work; love the combination of depth and flat and subdued colour.
    Joyous New Year to you.

  2. Thank you for that winter scene, Patti. Here in Vermont where I expected to be buried in snow and remaining so from December through March, we have not had more than a little dusting which promptly melts away as temperatures rise!

    I am with you regarding envisioning - so much better than resolving! Picturing who and where you want and need to be - and what it will take to get there - in the months ahead truly is a great way to get focused and get on it!

    Best of luck with baking - I've been lacking in my kitchen presence as well lately, though I find preparing a good meal as creative and fulfilling as any artwork. Why can't I be several different people and pursue all my passions with full attention and effort?

    Wishing you well on the jobsearch too. I just spit out the updated version of my resume and hope to send it on its rounds. My main objective is to be paid a living wage and not have my real life be taken over by my work life!

    But perhaps you just need to become a professional artisanal cheesemaker?

    Here's to a magnificent 2012!

  3. Lorraine (Enchanted Blue Planet)....thanks so much for the New Year greetings and happy to hear you like the work. Maybe in Canada you are seeing snow, but today it was in the mid-50s! Best wishes to you for the coming year....one of joy and creative flow!

  4. Gabriella (Two Tigers)....no snow even in Vermont....will be pay for this later?! Envisioning thoughts continue and yes.....if only we could be several people so that all our passions could be explored! Good luck on the financial front to you too....hope life in Vermont is prosperous in all ways, especially for the soul! Cheers, dear!

  5. Hi Patti best to you for 2012 - may it be shiny and bright! Amazing re the no-snow thing. I like the dreaming, envisioning, planning part of this time of year - I never do resolutions. Christmas is always enhanced by books - and what a fabulous selection for you! So many short sentences - apologies - but I am nodding off at the keyboard! Take care, keep creating F


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