After a year of pushing the envelope getting work ready for multiple exhibitions, meeting deadlines, as well as the day to day business of livingness, I was in need of a bit of a break to reconnect with family. Since they are all 5000 plus miles and 3 time zones away from where I live, this was not a trip to be done for just a few days - a month was more like it.
I arrived during an intense heatwave of long duration, my body protesting a bit, but soon was re-acclimated to it. Sat by the pool most of the time, reading. Ha, where was my sketchbook and camera? Left them both at home and felt strangely naked. Could only take a few days without creating something so bought a pad and some watercolours to doodle with while there. The camera? Well, the cell phone of course, after I figured out how to use the darn thing.
To allow myself the ability to just do nothing was a bit of a challenge, a unique concept for me. I was just being there, relishing the company of family and friends without having to dash off and paint something. How strange is that? Probably the first time in my whole life. And it was okay! Was able to push my reset button without going 'tilt'.
Now that I am back home and refreshed from doing something completely different, new work will be forthcoming soon. Nice.
Path To The Meadow 22" x 30" oil on paper Diann Haist