"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content." - Helen Keller
Winter solstice! It's my favorite day of the year, and not just because we're getting a few more moments of light each day (although that is an important factor). Some years ago another artist friend and I began to put our goals in writing, and we chose the winter solstice as our day to get together and share our plans.
At first it was a casual excuse to get together for coffee and dream up big ideas, but over time it has become an important ritual. In the often crazed pre-holiday weeks of December, I enjoy taking a few quiet moments to look over the previous year's goals, to celebrate what I did accomplish, and to review what I didn't. Life is unpredictable and plans change, of course, but it feels good to begin the new season with ideas pinned to the wall.
So my list is made, and already it's evolving! Just yesterday I added a new exhibition to my spring schedule, at cultureclash gallery in Salida, and a new illustration client. I can't wait to get started.
There's new work drying on the rack, too: little linocuts of coastal pines from my Artist-in-Residence tenure at Acadia National Park last year. Despite our arid climate, the last color is taking an inordinate amount of time to dry. Maybe it's the foot of snow we received this week, just in time for the arrival of winter. I think tomorrow it's a return to the brush... there's an image of shadows on snow flitting around the corners of my vision. Time to pin it to the wall, too.