“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James
― Henry James
So Memorial Day is behind us and now we can look forward to graduation ceremonies, last day of school celebrations and the promise that summer holds for children and adults alike.
I miss that feeling of freedom I experienced as a child when June kicked in and it was only a matter of days until I could simply read all day and play outside until the streetlights came on.
The other day while walking with a friend, the conversation turned to my art and the steps involved in making it and then offering out into the world. I think I must have sounded tired, because at one point she asked me if I had ever considered taking a break. Of course I had, but the voice of reason usually squashed the voice of the child who longed for more unstructured time.
I decided to sit with this idea for a bit...........and then I made a decision. I am kind of, sort of, taking the summer off!
No, I won't be hanging out on the beach every day, but instead, I am going to simply do my part time job of studio/gallery manager and make art. In between, I want to kayak more, hike and bike on a regular basis and yes - go to the beach. I also plan to work in my yard, clean out a few closets and take more walks with my friends.
This also means that this will be my last blog post until September, and if you are on my email list, you will receive one more update in a couple of weeks, and then not another one until the fall.
I feel like regrouping and exploring some new ideas without the pressure of blogging about it and posting it on my website. I will however, still "mini blog" over on my Facebook page, so if you have not already done so, and would like to keep up with me this summer, click here: Facebook and "like" my page (it's also a good idea to click on "get notifications" as well).
One more thing before I sign off. After giving it quite a bit of thought and due to regular requests from some of you, I decided to post a few images on the "print on demand" site - Society Six.
The choice of images are based on some of my "best of" blog and Facebook posts. These images are not on my regular website and because of the shared overhead, the prices are also quite a bit lower than I can offer myself. Anything you purchase on the site will not be signed by me and due to licensing and wholesale contractual agreements, I am not able to post too many of my images on this site, but it might worth taking a look. Some of the images can even be purchased as tote bags and pillows!
I may be adding to the site over the next couple of weeks, but then I am going to let it go and make some new art.
Here is the link: Society 6
I am so grateful that I can afford to take this break and am excited to see what comes of it.
Have a fantastic summer and I will see you back here in a few months!
PS I will still be working in my studio and participating in Second Saturday events, so if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi!