I’m back! Was I even gone? I don’t think I missed a single week. As soon as I announced I was taking a summer break, insights and clarity began to appear. Maybe I needed to draw a line in the sand and declare a fresh start in order to move forward.
I realized that it’s difficult to stay away from writing, because writing to you is writing to a friend. I want to tell you all about everything that has happened! I like to write, and it would feel like something was missing if I didn’t write.
I get a lot of feedback on my writing, and sometimes that makes it difficult to find my own voice among the opinions of others. Some of you only want me to write about art. Others like to hear my personal stories and reflections. And there are a few of you who are open to anything I write!
Another thing I realized during this brief break, if it was even a break at all, is that my life and my art are inextricably intertwined. My art is informed by everything that I see, think, hear, read and experience. I can’t separate my art from my daily life, and writing about one is inseparable from writing about the other.
I aim to be authentic, and sometimes I write about things that are controversial or uncomfortable. That’s a part of life that I choose not to ignore. Often my best art derives from strong feelings and emotions.
Occasionally I write about things that are deeply personal and difficult. My hope is that by sharing my struggles I might be able to benefit others who are dealing with something similar. I know that it helps me when I find that I’m not alone in my strife.
There are times when it seems like nothing has happened, and it’s difficult to find anything to write about. When that comes up I think I’ll share a favorite poem or a favorite quote, along with a work of art. I don’t want to feel pressured to be profound when I don’t have anything meaningful to say.
And I may take a week off every now and then, when I have a lot of other things going on and there’s no time to write. That will be OK, too!
Thanks, as always, for hanging in with me! In closing, I want to share a funny picture of my cat, Luci. She overheats in the summer, and her vet suggested that I have her clipped. Cats generally have to be sedated for that, and it’s an ordeal. So I took the scissors to her extra long and thick fur, and gave her a trim myself! She didn’t mind at all, and she’s a lot more comfortable now.
She’s actually a small cat underneath all of that fur. She’s half the cat that she used to be! She looks like she’s having a bad hair day, but it’s kind of adorable in a well-loved teddy bear way.
Where could you use a fresh start? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Don’t Tread on Me,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.