It’s been an uncharacteristically long time since I blogged here. How considerably my life has changed in the last two years. In the face of such enormous change and transition, adequate words have failed me and I’ve turned away from blogging on a regular basis. Through it all, I have continued to work, to teach extensively and to write in different venues. Interestingly, much of my work over the last year has related to art journaling, and I have finally achieved the break away from my attachment words that I sought for so long.
I am drawn back to this blog at an interesting time. Months ago, I wrote about the end of my thirty year marriage. That has entailed a two year long process involving a combination of hard work and slow acceptance. A year after my four months of travel through the UK and Europe with my daughter, I am now putting a change of life into process that began to formulate in those travels.
By this time, I am replete from a month of farewell lunches, get-togethers and gatherings. The tidal wave of love and caring I have received from coast to coast has tumbled me and humbled me, learning the depth of regard in which I am and have been held. I rode the crest of that wave into my journey to a new life. I finally resigned from my full time job, sold and disposed of most of my possessions and furniture, packed my suitcase and departed on a journey to finally becoming the fully itinerant artist and teacher I have worked so hard to be. I am grounding firmly with six weeks of visits to dearest family and friends. Once steady on my feet and ready for launch, I will board a plane with my daughter to return to our beloved England to make our home there once again.
Is that the end of the story? Oh no. It is the barest beginning of the vision I have. I have worked more than a decade to build a business that can come with me. Though based in the United Kingdom, I will begin to more fully and regularly divide my time between Canada and the US and the United Kingdom. Free of a demanding full time job, I will be able to turn more fully and readily to my studio to bring the many manifestations of my creative vision to life.
As I dismantle my old life, I am quietly sweeping away my footprints behind me. I am filled with love and gratitude for the life I have led the last twelve years, and to all those who have shared my path over those years. It is time for a new path, stepping fully into the artistic life I was born for, and that has grown and grown around me over these years. Riding the crest of that uplifting wave of love and regard, I go forward. There is so very much to look forward to, and you will begin to see me in some new ventures and venues as the year advances. Watch out for upcoming workshops and some new online workshops coming for 2017, two new articles in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and my work venturing further afield for exhibition. The images included in this blog post show two recent artist book works completed: Anonymous and Rime. You can check them out on my Facebook page! I look forward to seeing you about.