the longest day
Today is Yule, Winter Solstice - the longest day of the year. It's a day to mark the depths of winter and the coming of spring. Though the longest day of winter it signals a turn toward the light of spring.
We've had pretty much nonstop rain here for days (cake compared to Europe) and today finally, for a short while the sun was shining!
I have just started a two week vacation from work and I've been fighting some fluness for over a week - it's hanging on and on. After quite a few days of couch time over the weekend I managed to get some shite done! I hate sitting around. I got my DayQuil on and checked out Renegade on Sunday. Renegade is a well done show. This year it was in the Concourse Exhibition Center - I think I like the Herbst Pavilion locale better - but it was still really good. There were quite a few more ceramic artists than last year. Whitney Smith, Sarah, Paloma, Hue Yang, Chanda Beck and at least that many more people selling ceramic work I had never seen - which was fun and exciting! Overall, a good show! I bought my niece a supercute sweater dress myself and even cuter dress. I also lucked out on amazing poster from super talented Jason Cantoro of Cinqunquatre.com. HO LY MO LY - this guy's work has such quality and origniality! There are a lot of print makers at Renegade and this guy made a statement - his work stood out. He just happens to be cute and nice - those Canadians are always so sweet!
Also, today I fooled around with some porcelain clay; I've been doing some new drawings inspired by a little book I got on Indian Textiles from the V&A. AND, and, and,,,,I also managed to finally make two damp boxes! It's the little things. I'm super excited! Because I work a regular job; I think the damp box is going to be one of my go to "tools" to help me "manage" time with my work. I don't always have time to make and carve/design in succession. I'm always wrestling plastic and continually wetting until I get time again to sit down and work. So - Yeeeee Har! and it was SUPER easy. I'm embarrassed for having waited for so long to get the project done; I thought it was going to be a difficult, but it was a piece of cake! As long as you get that plaster mixing thing right.
Revel in the full moon and snuggle up - think of what you've accomplished this last year and start thinking what seeds to plant for spring!