“Flowers grow out of dark moments.” – Corita Kent
Winter in Alaska is more dark than cold between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. It’s a time of year when I spend extra time enjoying the flowers in the grocery store – they remind me spring will come again.
She loves flowers (5.5” x 9”)
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
It’s also the time of year where we can see the wonder and magic of the northern lights – when it’s not snowing. OMG – it’s snowing! We haven’t had much snow and we love snow – bring on the snow. It lights up the darkness that we have in abundance and it makes me want to stay warm and cozy stitching away in my studio.
She believes in magic (5.5” x 9”)
“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” – J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird
She can fly in her dreams (9” x 6”)
In the last few weeks, I have inventoried all of my art, shuffled a few pieces to different galleries and posted several of my originals to my Etsy shop. I want to make room for new work, new fun and that means a sale. Adopt a piece that speaks to your happy.
For months I tried something new – more time working at a jobby-job and less time with my art. I got a peek at the inner workings and management of a quilt shop. It was sometimes fun and sometimes too stressful. There were long days and I had a hard time separating my free time from thoughts on shop processes or my work to-do lists.
There was a lot of chaos and changes and during a recent trip to visit friends and family, I decided to step away from that jobby-job and get back to my art. I missed creating. I missed posting here.
Saying no to something that you’d been doing for almost 3 years is difficult. But that no, gave me the opportunity to say yes to an art show in January.
Before all that fun and stress, we bought our first home – a small condo with a tiny back yard and room for most of our stuff including a small studio. It took longer than expected to unpack and settle in but I’m back to creating.
I look forward to seeing what’s possible in the coming months.
“Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” – Helen Keller