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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summertime Blues


I am in a big 'ol art emptiness right now, nothing whatsoever going on in the right side of my brain. I'm used to the ebb and flow of creativity, the stillness, the emptiness. Nothing to do but wait and see what comes. The rain, rain, rain, rain of the past few weeks is soaking everything here, trees are falling down, driveways are washing down the roads, the gray light in my house is causing drowsiness to hover in all the rooms. Gerry is so busy right now, Wesley is editing her film and I am cooking new things, reading, simmering ideas in idea pots, but not really accomplishing much of anything. Does summer do this to everyone? Cause your brain to take a vacation?

Raku bud vases are on my mind, some tall clay shrines are there too. I want to weave some shawls in bright colored stripes, and also grays and browns. I would like to sew some things. I am also thinking of some coil pots for raku. But instead I have been experimenting with dyeing some fabrics, reading about natural dyes, reading about Appalachian weavers, reading about Native Americans.

I said something to Wesley the other day about how lame my problems were when compared to the struggles in other parts of the world, even in our own country. And she wisely said to me
"everyone has their own kind of problems".  I feel blessed that mine are so trivial, but I also feel sad that others have problems so much greater than mine. The world is so big, my world seems so small.....

Happy 4th of July week to you U.S. readers, happy week to the rest of you :-)


11 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

there is my youth right there on the table- moon pies.
I thought I would never eat one again, then my son left a box here.
Bad.
I had to give them away before I ate them all.
Take me with you.....I am working but me mind is else where.

Dennis Allen said...

I've heard there ain't no cure for the summertime blues but good luck trying to shake them.I'm trying to get ready for the furnace crew next week but feeling about as ambitious as you are.

Tracey Broome said...

Moon pie youth for me too Meredith,have you tried the mint flavor ones?,
Dennis,right here is the cure Blue Moon and Moon Pies,haha!

Vicki said...

Same here Tracey. I'm just keeping it together for the month of markets I'm attending.
Also remember, Mercury Retrograde cycles will do that to people too.
So, reading, "simmering ideas" and reviewing projects is just about the best thing you can do right now. Taking on anything with big plans in mind right now wouldn't be a good thing.
Just keep on keeping on until July 20th. This has been a long period - almost four weeks. I know it's been difficult for many.

Hang in there, your muse will be with you soon :)

Tracey Broome said...

Oh yeah! Mercury, I totally forgot! That explains a lot, ugh.....

Michèle Hastings said...

July is just the opposite for us... we are working our butts off to get ready for our biggest show of the year. At least it's in NH so we get to see family too!

In New Hampshire we had Scooter Pies... the northern version of Moon Pies. They were often a lunch box treat for us Lemieux's (my French Canadian maiden name).

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Hi Tracey~ Like Michele, I am kicking into high gear for summer...lot's of pots to make! But I can relate to having a mind that wanders and wants to play in many sandboxes!! Sometimes ya just have to go with it, so enjoy :)

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Michele and Kathy, I seem to have an abundance of inventory, no venues or craft sales nearby and see little point in making more..... Sigh
Need to work on that etsy store

Lori Buff said...

Dog days of summer here, I'm hanging out with the dogs and doing a little pottery work.

Susan Wells said...

I wush my brain would take a break!!!! Maybe I need a moon pie!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Lori, yeah, the dogs have the right idea, lazy days indeed.
Hey Susan, how can a brain rest in MAINE!? Yay for moon pies!