Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday Night....

February is almost over!!! How did that happen? The days, they go by so fast.....

This morning, I am inspired. I have been in a nasty funk for the last two weeks; I can't explain it exactly, but that it left me annoyed and sometimes, even angry (not a typical state of mind for me). Something happened last night, when I decided to finally decorate the office room that has stagnated now for eight months...

The poop-brown walls still leave something cavernous to be desired; if I had my way, I'd paint this room a couple of shades of pink (I think it wants to be pink, somehow). It is, however, leaps and bounds better than it was.

Soon, I will begin to pack up this house, as the lease is ending and I am headed to points North for the summer, but before that happens, I wish to photograph it in detail. This house has many nooks and crannies that I have paid attention to and cultivated. I have very little understanding, however, of how to shoot interiors, so I am hoping someone comes along to help me.

This morning, I received my weekly mailing, and opened this only to realize it was exactly what I needed to read midway through my Sunday...

Clearly, I need to buy Henry Miller on Writing. Also, clearly, I have a bibliophiliac addiction....I need someone to come around who will supply me with books. I seriously could spend all my extra money on them. This book brings my ever-building Amazon shopping cart to twelve items, all absolutely integral to my present and future life.

Another gem provided by Mr. Miller in his book is the Daily Program:

"        MORNINGS:
          If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus.
If in fine fettle, write.
Work of section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously. No intrusions, no diversions. Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.
See friends. Read in cafés.
Explore unfamiliar sections — on foot if wet, on bicycle if dry.
Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program.
Paint if empty or tired.
Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of MS.
Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafés and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week."

 Taken from a traincar window in Jim Thorpe - Fall 2011

Last night, I spent the night in a very intense, introspective mood. I had been invited out by a couple of people, but felt a little under the weather, and so I stayed in. I dug out a white folder full of ephemera, dumped all the pieces onto a table, and went to work taping and arranging the pieces onto the walls of the office. I uploaded photos that had been sitting on my camera for months. I thought about what will come over the next few months, and all the changes that are already happening. Something switched from the frustration to acceptance, which I hope will begin to switch to joy sometime soon.

Sometimes, all we need is a night of time spent alone, with artwork, with music, with thoughts.

 Apple picking in the fall
 Ladybird, ladybird fly away home, 
Your house is on fire and your children are gone, 
All except one, 
And her name is Ann, 
And she hid under the baking pan.
 I want to sleep here: at the Mercer Museum
 Winter colours: mustard, white, burgundy; Maine, Winter 2011
 Rather like a natural ombre, no?
 I love the combination of ice, rocks and bare winter trees
 When I walk out here, I pretend that the beach belongs only to me (and whoever I am with!): it is a magical place and has been for as long as my family has been here
Ironstone, snow, ice

This week, we transition into March. March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb: spring begins, gardens are planted, the Sun returns. We may even feel some warmth by the end of this month! Soon comes spring break, then April will, no doubt, fly by. Then Mexico, then the end of school.........and then????


Beach House - A Walk in the Park

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