…I am still struggling with what’s next. Partly it is the continuing overwhelming situation of the world and partly it is the age-old question every artist faces: what’s next?
A long snowshoe up a favorite still snow-covered stream on the side of a friend’s hill farm quieted the voices and offered some real inspiration, even if I don’t (yet) feel I see what’s next. Maybe just being here now, even if unsettled and somewhat unsatisfied. Maybe this is a time—appropriate for late winter—when seeing simply becomes challenging.
That said, I did notice when I was working over the photographs above that two small insects—snow fleas of some sort—”bombed” my photo of the Beech leaf!
And I did feel fortunate to see the crescent moon in a thick evening sky, setting among the branches of the Tamarack I planted forty years ago. And the Tamarack itself seemed to call to me to look at it in different ways, to see new inspiration. Who knows?
All this said, I am so often inspired by my fellow artists. One in particular, Dianne Shullenberger, seems to always be throwing sparks off that light the rest of us on fire! Once again, as she has done for many, many years, she is hosting “Delicious Words,” a salon with artists and a small bit of delicious food, to benefit those in need of shelter. There are two performances, both the same, hosted in her lovely studio which is the historic home of Snowflake Bentley. If you are local and free, please come and support this wonderful event. The “words” will be amazing and I can guarantee the “delicious” part will be very delicious!