Ok, I admit there has been a longer interlude than even I had expected, but that’s what happens when the weather finally decides to behave nicely and we have eight family/friend birthdays in four weeks – with parties, and we have ringing competitions, school-leaving events, school awards evenings (times two), orthodontists to visit, sports days, and island hopping trips to Scotland (oh yes, but that’s a story for another day)…
So, not a lot of stitchiness happening here at the moment.
On the other hand, we are loving the warmth, seeing a lot of friends we don’t see for most of the rest of the year, and generally having a good, if rather chaotic time.
I’ve also stocked up on some new watercolours and a selection of alcohol pens – do tell me I’m not the only person who despite having enough art materials to sink the proverbial battleship, sometimes feels bored and wants to try out something new or different.
And I’ve started reading Cat Bennet’s new book, Making Art A Practice. (For those of you following me over at Mostly Motley, I admit to having a lapse in the ‘not buying any new books’ challenge to buy this book – so far my only hiccup, but I hope if you read Cat’s books you’ll understand why I wanted it).
Cat has a gentle way of helping you see art practice as a form of meditation, taking many concepts from the practice of yoga. This idea of art as meditation resonates completely with me, it is exactly how I feel about the stitching I do – it’s all about the process and the way our minds change while we’re in the flow of creativity.
I’ve still got a few days of chasing about to do before we can officially talk about being on holiday, and then, with both daughters at home, I’ll no doubt need to resort to all kinds of subterfuge to get near my own computer – so you’ll know not to hold your breath in this little piece of Blogland. I will do my best!