Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:–
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length are free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Chambered Nautilus”
Happy Holidays to all my treasured blog readers! I haven’t posted for over a week, as Christmas obligations and errands, along with the responsibilities of closing out the fall semester, left me with little time for communication. I did however begin work on my first new series that I am titling “Portals.” I dragged an antique door from my man cave into my living room studio so I could enjoy painting near the fireplace while listening to Christmas music this past week. As with every Chrstmas season, I leave a fresh painting-in-progress behind in my studio as I flee to St. Louis and visit with family and friends. But I always am able to return to my home free of post-holiday depression because of a painting still waiting for me that I’m excited to engage.
I am re-reading an Andrew Wyeth biography that I enjoyed years ago, Richard Meryman’s Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life. My soul stirs deeply as I read of his life and legacy, and the life and ideas of his father N. C. have taken such a hold on me that I just ordered and received (thanks Amazon!) The Wyeths, by N. C. Wyeth. That incredibly large man was so charged with literary ideas and philosophical sentiments that I cannot wait to read from the 1200 letters that he left behind, exposing his most intimate thoughts and dreams about art. So, in addition to enjoying my circle of family and friends, I’m enjoying some quality reading and times for reflection. The holidays are such a warm and intimate time for these kinds of pursuits.
I wish all of you the very best of life as we sail through this season. Christmas and the New Year always fill me with the most meaningful ponderings.
Thanks for reading.
I paint in order to discover.
I journal when I feel alone.
I blog to remind myself tha I am not alone.