Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Transition AGAIN? A Year of Months: June:Transition

What will the next months bring - the next weeks, the next days, the next minutes?
Despite the drought, June has brought extravagance - in flowers blooming, in generosity from friends, in adjustments to new challenges, in advances in art-making, in gratitude for the natural expression of things.
The dust rises, and settles, and look at the wonders!  Tiger swallowtails visited the larkspur in the rose bed not once but twice when I happened to be there and could record it!  The clematis that looked dead 3 weeks ago responded to watering and loaded up with 4" blossoms.  Roses I thought had succumbed to the cold dry winter blossomed profusely, if a little shorter. Other delights too numerous to count remind me of so many blessings!   Shared dishes, volunteered transport, time carved out for creative work, new paradigms adjusted to and made meaningful for both Bill and me- all expressing this time of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and the duality and versatility of Geminis.   Holding all this in my head and heart, June:Transition, the 6th in my series, A Year of Months has emerged. It truly is about transition, and all the promise and the leaving and trust that that  entails.
A Year of Months: June:Transition     48x36" ac/canvas 
Coming soon, July, my power month!  A new painting, and another video about the actual process, sequentially, of making a painting (as soon as I finish the voiceover!)
Here's to SUMMER!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

In Spite of it ALL

Last time I blogged was March 28, the day before Bill and I embarked on our journey into the Western medical system - both, as many of you know, a boon and a curse.  The system is a wonderful diagnostic system, and in his case, a lifesaver, but also, a consuming life-changing altering of trajectory for us both.  Emerging from 2 full weeks of hospitalization, recovering from ambulatory to mobility, entering tri-weekly dialysis, he is still working to return to full stamina and time in the studio. I  have both discovered, and learned, skills I never expected. My struggle is to fit painting and sculpting, already a full schedule, into his new circumstance.  
Many artists have faced similar challenges - perhaps a new how-to book entitled "How to Steal Time for Artists" is in order.  Despite all the extra-curricular activities, I have finished both April: Momentum: Fits and Starts, and May:Momentum. My routine is settling in, with a blessing of help from two dear friends who are taking Bill in for treatment two days a week.  I then go in just to pick him up, giving me extra hours in the studio, and sparing me five hours of killing time in town 3 times a week.  Another wonderful local can be here at home when I have SFSA shows scheduled (and she will clean, too!)  With this, the impossible does seem possible.
May suggests to me the May Day Maypole dance (though I've never actually seen one, have you?), the burst of energetic growth that is May here, and even Cinco de Mayo... not to mention our wedding anniversary, Mother's Day, and William's birthday happens every May and planting time - jampacked, as May always has been for us, not unlike this sentence... I''m especially happy Bill's still here to celebrate all these things with me!

The initial idea for June:Transition II slowly and fully churns in my head, with canvas stretched yesterday, today to begin.  How can one miss with June, with so many elements - Gemini, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, a month of building heat, little rain, gardens in bloom - a full complement of energy, and yet, a not so subtle pause of uncertainty - what will this summer bring?


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