I apologize for the long absence--far too many things were going on at the same time and I had to take leave of a few activities that I care about for a while, like writing and making art. All good things, to be sure, but with the holidays added to everything, it was just too much...
For those who would like a few details, we were able to exchange a commercial building for a wonderful vacation rental in the foothills of the Sierras. The view from the house is nothing short of amazing! This has been an at least 25-30-year dream of ours and we've tried unsuccessfully for as many years to make it happen. I guess the lesson is, "never give up on your dream". So, you can imagine how excited I am about all the new discoveries to be made in our new surroundings. We were told that there is a lot of wildlife that comes around, like wild turkeys, deer, coyotes, and even a cougar was spotted a few years ago.....This all sounds very exciting to a "city girl"! My list of things I'm grateful for has just expanded exponentially.....
I am soooooo looking forward to sharing with you all my new experiences and from the looks of it, there will be plenty, art-wise and others. In March, I will take a watercolor class with the well known artist Dale Laitinen, who co-incedentally lives in the foothills also and loves to paint in the Sierras. My glass and jewelry projects will continue and evolve in 2012; I'll be working on glass clocks among other things. Look for new things by about March.
Well, it seems that 2012 promises to be a good one for me and I hope the same for you. Most of all, my wishes are for good health and happiness in the coming year for everyone. I found this quote on a fabric artist's blog (Leslie Riley) we can all use as a guide:
"For all of us, the key is to pay close attention to which activities make us feel most alive and in love with life – and then try to spend as much time as possible engaged in those activities."
Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D.
Have a great New Year!