“There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces. I must have time alone in which to mull over my encounter and to extract its juice, its essence, to understand what has really happened to me as a consequence of it.” –May Sarton
This painting felt like it burst from me. That’s what happens when I don’t spend daily time drawing or painting. I’m not sure what it’s about. I’ll have to spend some time with it.
I have had a house full of company this past week – six extra folks – loved ones we don’t get to see very often. Even though I enjoyed their visit, I am used to having some time alone every day. I usually spend that time in my garden, in my studio, reading or doing yoga. I am not used to cooking and talking so much. Thankfully my guests, my son and my husband all left on the same morning. I almost feel guilty because I have relished my time alone the last couple of days. It has allowed me to re-fill the well. Bob returns today. Luke comes in for a quick visit on his way to a percussion retreat. Bob and I will spend a quiet weekend immersing ourselves at home doing the things we love to do. Life is good.
The painting below sold! YAY –
And I did get invited to do a show in Macon, GA at the Gallery at the Macon Arts Alliance in August. I will give more details as they become available. 6 pieces will be going. Another – ‘YAY.’
“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.” –D.W. Winnicott