It is such an adjustment! Temperatures were in the 90's when we left. The air was full of smoke from wildfires.
Fall has arrived. I hear the Beartooth Highway has closed early due to snow, so that means the last hike we hoped for will not be happening.
It is time to make that difficult transition to winter, and I have to admit I am feeling really grumpy about it. We had an especially good summer.
We backpacked 53 miles (3 trips)! We did an additional 50 miles in day hikes. (most of these were with my dear husband and daughter, Michelle)
We had two really great family excursions to Hot Springs (one at Thermopolis, WY the other at Fairmont, MT).
We car camped with a niece and nephew and caught a few trout.
We walked on the beach - Pacific Ocean. We climbed a peak in the North Cascades!
I finished building two levels of terraces on the front landscaping and got the flagstone patio laid.
I planted over 150 new irises, 80 grape hyacinths, and 50 daffodils. (something to look forward to in the spring!)
We did complete renovations on four office suites in our commercial office building.
Joe and I took a wonderful trip through 8 National Parks and Monuments in Colorado and Wyoming in June. We took another wonderful trip through Oregon and Washington in September - taking in two National Parks on that trip.
Wow! It is hard to come down from all that intense activity and get busy with the routine tasks that tend to take over my life when the cold weather arrives.
It is time to get busy in the studio, but I am finding it difficult to go there and stay on task. I am feeling adrift and unfocused. I feel like a failure as an artist and am filled with self doubt. This happens to me every year until I find something purposeful and engaging to do. Two years ago, I got my rhythm back by kicking off my Mail Art Project - in which I created and sent a new postcard to three family members each week (I sent my last one out in August - 100 in all!). Last fall, I started working a new way - building up a fused collage background and covering the surface with block printing - that series was very engaging and kept me going all winter.
This year, I thought I would try working with all those Deconstructed Prints I have been making. It is a huge challenge . . . the fabric itself is a work of art - and I want to be able to elevate it to a higher level in a quilted wall hanging, but my attempts so far have been most discouraging. Furthermore, I've received a disappointing rejection from Quilt National. (I know I am in good company, but that does not quiet the inner voice of self doubt).
I am starting to think about working with another medium to get my creative Mo Jo back. Three years ago, I got into journaling in a big way and did a journal page per day. . . .
What to do, what to do? Stay tuned - I don't know what's next! Meanwhile, here is one of the pieces that was rejected. Everyone who saw it told me they really liked it......but now the voice in my head is asking why I bothered making it or entering it......
It measures 51 x 51". Two details below:
This piece is called "Heat Wave II". Tomorrow, I'll share my process for making it.