“In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.”— Patti SmithClay gives me balance. I’ve been very busy lately, actually too busy. I’m not a multitasker, so having too many things on my plate is unsettling. And it’s going to be a very busy month. I have many social media short courses to attend. Luckily, a number of them are back to back, which will reduce the number of times I have to drive into the city, a half-hour away. In addition, my in-laws arrive for a whirlwind visit on the 10th, then I headed down to the United States for Thanksgiving and to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday (plus my husband’s and brother’s!). Plus, walking three days a week for a total of 11 miles. I believe my standing date with the Open Studio will get me through the busy-ness, along with working in my little studio area at home. No matter how much the business of life intrudes on our equilibrium, if we have a way to ground our self, we will be okay. One must make the effort, though. It is very easy to get caught up in the mundane…appointments, shopping, e-mails, gifts, phone calls, visits. I find that my life very recently became out of balance as I’ve been engaged in too many things besides clay. That’s when I feel myself starting to run down. As Michele Obama said, “Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to-do’ list.” I’ve popped Echinacea since the day before yesterday, went to the chiropractor, and took a nap, all of which helped. I also took the week off of walking to give myself a bit of a break. According to my chiropractor, I’ve been walking too fast and need to start doing interval walking, along with stretching, which I had been remiss in doing. As a result, I was pretty much out of circulation yesterday because I strained facet joints in my sacrum… Ouch! I am sitting gingerly today, too, and when I walk tomorrow, I’ll take it easy. The antidote? Yesterday, I completed finish work on 10 tiles. They were at that perfectly workable stage, not too wet, not too dry. I spent the whole day working on tiles and doing little else. At one point, I noticed that I felt like I was floating on a cloud, so content was I! For me, it’s medicine. A way to slow down, to touch the earth, to do what I’d like, to enjoy the process. After I finished working on these tiles, I placed them between plasterboard to hasten drying. I will make more tiles tomorrow… Yesterday, I went out for coffee with Pauline and learned that she’d bid on one of my “Snowfall” tiles in the 6 x 6 show, which opened Thursday night. This is the first time I have submitted anything for the show and the fist time any of my work has been in a silent auction. People will be bidding on artwork till December 18. When I was at the art centre for the opening, one of the staff members said people will be checking the bidding sheets to find out who has bid how much on what. She also said the artists will be checking to see if anyone has bid on their pieces. As soon as I heard that, I thought, gee, I don’t want to get wrapped up in that…but I bet you will find me sneaking up the staircase on Open Studio days to take a peek. It’s all kind of exciting!
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin