I have made this little blog space for myself as an antidote to rushing and diving headlong into the next thing on the to do list. It is an attempt to momentarily slow down the speedy pace of life that stops us from looking back and celebrating what we have actually achieved because we are so focused on the path ahead and how much there is still to do.
I saw my first red leaf fall a few days ago…so at least for us here in the Northern Hemisphere, the start of September is ushering in all the signs of autumn. (For those of you in the South, I hope you are enjoying the feeling of life about to burst all around you!). Isn’t it funny how the seasons carry mood?
My August has been quite creative but never as much as I would wish. I finished my Moonscape commission (which my client was really happy with – yay!) and have started my first piece this year that is not a commission but one that I am doing straight from the heart – its very personal and there is story behind it which I will explain one day soon.
That in itself has been a big step for me…to continue the process of digging deep into my own soul for the source of my art and then connecting this to the wider world in physical form and in making connections between my own story and the stories of others.
In August, I also met the most lovely lady, Hayley, who is the author of several Slow Guides – on how to live more slowly and purposefully in cities (so far she has done Sydney, Melbourne, Dublin and London). Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time will understand that this kind of thing makes me hop with excitement (slowly, of course). In fact, one of my early blog posts back in 2005 was me waxing lyrical about the Slow Movement having read Carl Honore’s In Praise of Slow.
As well as being an author and generally creative bunny, Hayley knows web development like a second language (particularly WordPress which I am shifting everything to) and she is kindly sitting with me in the process of combining my web site and blog into one. What an angel she is. Having developed my blog and site incrementally over the last 8 years, I now know what I want it to look like and what I want it to do which invariably involves major redesign. This has been on my “To Do” list for months but since meeting Hayley, her enabling presence has helped me to start. I am so grateful as I would have got stuck in at the first hurdle if Hayley hadn’t been with me! I have many more steps to go with this creative endeavour.
September beckons…my focus will be art making, as I work towards my participation in the Wandsworth Artists Open House and my first solo art show at the Sprout Community Arts Gallery (hopefully involving a whole section of mosaic art which I will help a local group of refugee teenagers make). As part of my making this month, I will finally indulge my long standing desire to create mosaic jewellery…yippee.
How about you? Tell us about your August…your moods, your endeavours, what you achieved and how it was on the way. What are you plans for the beautiful month of September?