A couple days ago the shortest day passed by...the "watershed of the year", as Vita Sackville-West called it. Now we can look forward to the gradually lengthening days as winter officially arrives. It's a long, slow process, this getting through dark, damp and dreary days, but here in Oregon, the signs of spring are already evident.
Daffodil shoots are already a couple inches high, and instead of dying down completely the perennial flowers have thick rosettes of new leaves at ground level as if they are eager to head towards next summer's prolific bloom. The filbert/hazelnut trees are covered with a thick dusting of catkins promising a more abundant crop next year. Camillias are in full bloom at elevations lower than we are.
Like these lengthening days (today will be 11 seconds longer), life sometimes has to be taken in baby steps too, instead of those giant leaps we often choose to take. Change brought on by challenge is in the end a positive...but the getting to the other side can take every ounce of effort. This year was one of loss (of my son-in-law) balanced by gain (new granddaughter Geneva, lots of new art, and deepening relationships with loved ones).
Today I'll be back in the studio for the first time in a week, looking through some newly acquired items from the bin trip yesterday, temporarily packing away some things that have sat for too long, and attempting to free up some wall space so I have a place to work. In a few days, grandson Jake will be here again and treehouse work (siding) will continue.
(Untitled piece, copyright Diane Lou. Just added the "cage" part in the past week.)
Friday, December 17, 2010
Last summer when my sister and I sweated our way through about 100 garage sales in Oregon City (in unusual 100+ degree heat), we found a car full of goodies. But as the day wore on and the heat had taken its toll on us as well as on those selling, we decided to head home....then saw one last sign that we decided to follow up on.
The sellers were packing up and giving up so had a huge number of free things, some of which went home with us. They also had this old shadow box made from an old wood-framed window that I gladly paid the $10 for. With its perfectly peeling old paint, the nice division of space, and a good depth, I knew it would be the start to a fun project.
I just emailed a picture of this as a submission to the Wild Women show. Fingers crossed!
(Reveries, copyright Diane Lou 2010. 28x25x5)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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