"True happiness comes from the joys of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new." - Antoine de Saint - Exupery
"I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'." - Maya Angelou
you came back... thank you
As always, life continues to move at a speed that at times I feel I can barely keep up with, but I continue to earnestly try... or at least pretend. ;)
Since my last update on my blog months ago lots has happened... my family and I have moved to a 'new' 100 year old house, where we now have more room to garden, play, and marvel at the miraculous gifts of nature. On my birthday this spring I became a beekeeper, gifted with over 24,000 honey bees from my husband. What a way to celebrate?! I cannot believe just how much I love beeing (ha... everything's a bee joke opportunity around here) a beekeeper, it has become a family hobby that we all seem to love.
Being that there wasn't a whole lot to do around here lately, I gave into my craving to haul my pottery life back out, now that we have a shed that can/will eventually be a potter's shed, so why not? It feels good to be playing with clay again and sharing the love for it with my children.... all while continuing to paint, teach, and learn as I go.
This past winter I finished my fifth online course, 'Face to Face with Mixed Media Art' (you can still sign up, if interested, the demonstrations have been posted and will be available until late spring of next year). I also taught at Art and Soul at Virginia Beach, which was wonderful. As a true introvert I continue to go through these emotions of feeling like I don't want to teach anymore, then I do and am fully reminded why I teach and why I love it so much... the connections I make with the students that share a passion for creating and learning, so often resulting in friendships that may not have been born otherwise. I am truly grateful for each experience I have had in the years I have been teaching.
While on the subject of teaching... I am so very thrilled to announce that this August I will be teaching a workshop alongside with three of my dear friends/colleagues, Katie Kendrick,Judy Wise, and Stephanie Lee in the beautiful state of Utah. I have a strong feeling this will be an opportunity not to miss. I hope you check it out here...
“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.”
I started working on this post early last week. I planned on posting it last Friday, but like most of the country once I heard the horrific news I felt paralysed by shock, anger, fear, and most of all absolute sadness. All weekend I read the news, trying to make sense, as I cried, and pulled my family closer. As hard as I tried I could not block out the thoughts of what happened in Newtown, CT, and to our entire country. What has happened to us? I don't understand. My heart hurts so much thinking about it. I am so sorry for the families that have suffered way beyond imaginable.
There is a lot I have been wanting to share here; my trip to Italy with dear friends (next post), about moving to a new house, about art & life, about this and that, about new recipes, new ideas....
with time I will get to where I am going... for now I am trying (still) to adjust to a new schedule, trying to balance everything... and words just don't feel overflowing at the moment. Thankfully photos have a way of speaking without saying a word. So, I will share with you few words and photos from the past few weeks.