I doubt there is anything more effective for weeding out inessentials than the specter of a major move and The Sailor, Flossy and I are planning a big one. We will be expanding our territory to Seattle early this spring to live nearer the Port of Tacoma where the Sailor ships from and closer to my parents and our kids. We are keeping our home here in Alaska, making this more of an expansion than a permanent relocation.
Cleaning and organizing my studio has occupied the past several weeks.
I’ve enjoyed making discoveries of treasures I had stuck away in cupboards and boxes over the past 15 years since my last studio move.
The New Year is a good time for change. The decision to leave our comfortable home and dear friends on this Island – even temporarily - is not an easy one. Sometimes I feel I am setting my life on fire, but hope it will turn out to be the lighting of a Roman candle.
To help me stay in balance during this upheaval, I signed up for an on-line class recommended by several of you here in Blogland: Carla Sonheim's 'Gelli Plate Print Making'. Yesterday I did the first lesson and boy was it FUN.
|Here is where I ended the first print session, all set for the next lesson in which I will continue to add layers to these starts.|
Carla's teaching style is marvelously low-key, friendly and warm. As you may know, I have some gelli plate experience, but am getting a ton of fresh new ideas for mono printing and highly recommend this class no matter what your level of experience with the medium.
|close-up of one of the prints I began yesterday in Carla's class|
Our roots here are deep – Alaska will always be home, no matter how long or far away I am.
I hope you will hang in there with me as this adventure progresses. Best wishes for 2014 and good luck to all in this year of the Wooden Horse.
We’ll need it!