2012-07-31

10 weeks in our art house

summer in ten weeks.
art and life is one and the same here most of the year.
worked all summer in my studio and kept my kids close nearby. 
this is how we live and love in this art house.

side by side.

while i was painting this summer the kids and i also did small things to keep us engaged in the city and most importantly, our imaginations. we decided there would not be camps, there would only be our farm in alabama and a pool in atlanta. but we parents had tremendous amounts of work to do at the same time. so here is how we managed to keep two little kids active. our kids go with us to almost everything that is acceptable, and as a result are curious and secure.

we did small things. we set up bird feeders in the front garden and the back garden to attract song birds,  finches and doves. we decided we wanted to keep our seasonal cardinal couple happy. i think the mix of the subway sound and mourning doves throughout the day is urban sound therapy.  it feels right. after a few weeks the birds trusted us, and have been eating more bird seed than we can buy.  urban birds.

we also painted in the studio most days. some days we pretended we have not lived in this city for 11 years and acted like tourists. oakland cemetery - my great great great grandfather was the main sexton after he retired his medical practice. we talked to experts at oakland about him. so hey south, i'm a little southern. goose - the inman park goose and turtles are our friends. city hall park - we love it.

yes, there were moments of "boredom", but i think those are important moments anyway because boredom is just a build up of latent thought waiting to surface.  it is energy. 

week1
majestic ice cream and cool "tent" privacy

week 2
 top down and blue skies

week 3
 tired nights and planning

week 4
art opening and planting

week 5
city crawling and submerging

week 6
loss and heat

 week 7
 care and color

week 8
brief moments of quiet and a whole lot of sound

week 8
solo and not solo

week 9
 wishes and wandering

week 10
listening, watching and waiting

elementary school starts next week here in the deep south. today we found out about class lists and new teachers.  we will meet friends and enjoy the days leading up to monday. i finally finished painting for a new show opening in a week so there will be some varnishing this week. but as summer "closes" here in the south, next week i am going to go to my studio just to clean up, rearrange, reassess, think, read, write, explore, rest and find a little renewal. new painting will come later. 

i love what susan rothenberg says about her day. 

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