Have you ever made an executive/life decision that felt incredibly right? Have you ever had one of those moments when everything that has been in the “dream” column finally gets to move to the “make it reality” column?
I had one of those “aha” moments two days after I wrote the last newsletter. I had not been feeling quite right about where I was headed as an artist. Don’t get me wrong, I love the baskets, making them has been an incredible journey for me as an artist. But things weren’t gelling and I was feeling a bit out of sorts. So I went for a walk with my sister.
This has always been a default for me, when feeling cloudy, pensive and unclear as to which way to go in life I call one or both of my sisters. Each one has a different take on life. I call my oldest sister when I need emotional support, she is the quintessential earth-mama and has talked me through some rough emotional times. My other sister is the brain sister. She’s the one to talk to when I need to rationally walk through a problem and finish with a solution. This is the sister I talked to on that particular Sunday in September.
Since I don’t want you to give up on reading this (well, if you’re bored…I give you permission to skip ahead) I will try to cut to the chase. After walking around the lake, I came to the conclusion that it was time to do something I have wanted to do since I moved to this property.
I am bringing home all my sculptures that are in various places in the country and plunking them down around the house. And then I am going to do what I’ve been wanting to do since we moved into this house…I’m going to open a sculpture garden. I am still fleshing out the details but I am planning to be open to the community a couple of times a year, as well as being open by appointment or for small art/photo classes.
Last week I started by bringing home the giraffe which has been on loan at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis MD for 6 years or so. I have very much appreciated the opportunity to show her there and I know that many people have visited her repeatedly. It was a hard decision to bring her home but I am really enjoying having her back in my yard. I can see her from my reading chair which really gives me a lot of pleasure.
Max is enjoying her as well.
I have a little work to do with her, six years is a long time for a sculpture to go without any maintenance. And I took some pieces off of her so they wouldn’t fall off when she was in transit. This is another reason to bring all of them home, I get to care for them on a more regular basis.
Next May the musk ox and egg will come home. By that time I am hoping to have a new sculpture to add to the menagerie…a kangaroo!
I am in the beginning stages of design on this one, as you can see, lots of books have been taken out from the library and some sketching has been achieved. Life-sized sketches are in process and in the next week or so I hope to start the armature. It’s been a long time since I made a new animal but I am really excited about this one. If you are as well, keep an eye on the next few newsletters, I will post more pictures of the process. So, see you in November!!!
P.S. I’m gonna pretend that I have written a book or won an award of some sort…I wanted to take the time to thank some people for helping me bring the giraffe home. First of all, the Friends of Quiet Waters Park were primarily responsible for letting the giraffe have a home in the park. I know she was well loved and will be missed. I hope you keep adding sculptures to the park, I think they make a huge difference! Thanks to the director of the park, Brad Hunt for sticking with me through our scheduling difficulties. Another thanks to the staff at the park for taking good care of her and transporting her to her special spot six years ago as well as back onto the truck to come home. (I hope you have all dried out since then, it was a bit wet!)
Thanks to Carl Wallace at Wally’s Iron Works for working with the crazy scheduling process so that I could use his flatbed trailer to get the giraffe home. Junior was a prince, making sure she was tied down safely and driving carefully all the way from Annapolis to Eldersburg (yup…in the rain!).
And always, a big thank you to my husband who had a huge grin on his face because he got to drive an all-terrain forklift to get her off the trailer despite the fact that he was chewing large divots in his beloved lawn. You rock!