A long slow recovery

Earlier this semester I got the flu, working with college students this is not unusual, but this year it became pneumonia, and knocked me on my arse. I spent the last three months getting over this, and I still have to marshall my energy to get through the day. One of the things that has come out of the whole experience is that I really need to figure out a way to take better care of myself, the other is that when you are a one-woman show, there’s no one there to spin the plates if you drop them! I have never really been sick like this, I slept for weeks, and I really fell behind on a great many things. This brought home to me how thin I am stretched, and so I have decided it is really time to choose where I focus my energy.

I love writing this blog, although this past year you wouldn’t know it. It helps me figure out what I am doing, and creates a way for me to look back on my work and influences, and it has connected me to some wonderful people. It is definitely a thing I want to keep, and so I hope in the coming year to get back to writing more often.

I have two solo shows coming up in 2018, and in the studio I will be focusing my energy on making new work for those. They are two different venues, so I am hoping to create 2 different but related sets of work. I am working on some new embroidered bindings for one of those shows with themed content, and I am going to try and buckle down and finish the how-to book I am writing about them so I can release it around the same time as the show in the summer.

For the other show I want to do some work that interacts with my day to day life, and which will hopefully get me outside more. Much more on that to follow in the new year.

In the meantime I have taken up painting again. The light in winter and the expanse of the winter landscape always makes me itch to paint, so a few weeks ago I bought a tiny little watercolour set and have been dabbling with it. I’m working very small, so I can just tuck everything away in a box. I’ve never really painted with watercolours, so I am having fun trying to figure out how to do it. Here’s an example of what I have been doing

I’ve also been able to work on some blackout pages between long naps, here’s a recent example

And today I picked up a needle for the first time in months and I am working my way through this book of techniques I got for Christmas.

So that’s what is going on here. I’m really hoping to get back on track in the next couple of weeks before classes start up again.

I really want to thank those of you who still read this, and who follow me on other social media for your patience during my long absences. It means a lot to know I have a tribe out there rooting for me.

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