It’s one of our busiest times of year for our little art shop. I thought I’d share a peek into my mom’s office. This is where we do our printing and where mom does all the packaging, matting, and shipping of prints (and now postcard packs!). It doesn’t always look like this, of course, but every now and again (sales, holidays, etc), there’s a surge of activity. Holy mess! Seriously grateful for all the orders (thank you).
While mom’s been busy in the printing studio, I’ve been working on
alivelines. Loving the new birdies and dragonflies and other lovely creatures that have been emerging lately. I can sense a sort of new creative expansion happening lately. Feels really really good. In some ways, I can feel myself falling back in love with art-making and getting back to the roots of why I started making art in the first place a few short years ago
. Love how everything is circular. Love how much I’ve learned about life through the journey that art has led me on. It just keeps changing my life.
I’ve also been working crazy hard on prepping for my upcoming painting ecourse
. Filming begins this week (this week!) which means I’ve been going cray cray with big pieces of papers on the wall, mapping it all out, over thinking, and generally making my nerves go haywire. I’ve been doing a dance with my inner perfectionista. I tell her all about the difference between excellence and perfection. I tell her we’re going for excellence. And she breathes. Relaxes.
All I know is that I’m loving the energy and heart and soul going into this thing. Not just my heart/soul/energy, but for all of the lovely people who are helping me. Major team effort going on over here between filmographers, lighting folks, graphic designers, programmers, friends stepping in as project managers, make-up artists, stylists, techy consultants, and more. My heart is full.
And my friends. They’re holding space, and cheering me on. They are a big part of my life team. I think of that Ram Dass quote all the time: “We’re all just walking each other home.” Can’t tell you how much I believe that. The friends who’ve been in our lives forever or just passing through – they usher us deeper into life and into light. I think it’s remarkable.
In between it all, the holidays are in full swing in our house. I adore this photo of John showing True how the advent calendar works. This was John’s when he was a kid, so it’s extra special that it will now be True’s. How cute are they?
And to make the season more merry, we got a day or so of snow – unusual for Portland, but we’ll gladly take it for all the smiles and adventures it brings.
And speaking of True, he’s been coming down to the studio to paint while I work. I adore the above shot I captured of him checking out my art while wearing one of my aprons. Also loving this video of him going to town on a couple of canvases. Man, he’s awesome.
In between all the activity of late, I’ve been trying to practice some self compassion and care. I haven’t been able to get to the gym the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been dedicated to getting enough sleep and eating well. Daily green smoothies continue! I feel great, and all the big lessons of burnout, over doing it, not getting enough rest, balance, etc these last several years are serving me now. I’m learning. Always, always.
And then there is our little Charlie Brown Christmas tree that we decorated on Thanksgiving day. Love, love, love.
Speaking of trees and family and friends, have I shown you guys this new
image? A new favorite, inspired by vintage arithmetic trees – so much fun creating it.