I get bored easily. I mean, really way too easily. Doing the same thing day in and day out, living in the same place…. its always made me restless. I thought that as I got older, the endless need to satiate my curiosity and for novelty would wane. Hasn’t happened yet. I am really lucky to finally have a lifestyle that keeps me busy and stimulated (and for the most part out of trouble). We bust our butts for most of the summer working in an Ag-based business, which gives us the rest of the year to do other things. Like exploring and playing, which I consider to be work for an artist. Maybe not work that makes me rich, but really essential to the artistic process.
And now it's that time once again to pack up and head out for the winter. The farm and businesses get buttoned up and everything that we can’t live without for the next five months is packed into campers. Going from 170 acres and several buildings to spread out in to living in a tiny house on wheels is a change. I switch from having a big studio to a few square feet with limited space to store supplies and to work. It challenges me to be organized and resourceful.
All the artwork I produced this year has been packed and either shipped or is ready to go when I get back in the spring for next year's events and shows. Time to switch gears from big paintings and ceramic sculptures to watercolor, pastels and things that don't require much space. Hopefully I'll discover something that I don't even know exists yet. I love it when that happens!
I'm on a quest to find inspiration and creativity out in that big world. This year I'm making a point to search people out and connect with them so I can share what I find with you. Keep checking in with me and leaving comments. If you want to do something special to feed your creative self this winter, I'd love to hear about it!
Well, introductions are always a bit awkward. Welcome to my blog! Here you’ll find my creative journeys on my prairie homestead and wintertime travel adventures. It took a lifetime of dreams and intention to arrive here. It all started when I moved to a remote rural Nebraska farmstead from suburban Colorado, finally living in the country and ‘being an artist’. My daughters had grown and fledged the nest, so it was time to spread my own wings. I had met someone who was as creative, driven and unconventional as I was in his own way, and after several years of hard work we built our home, business, and homestead where he grew up. We’ve cultivated a life where we can do and be what we want. It’s an isolated but infinite world out here.
As great as it’s been in a lot of ways, it’s been really hard to find community because of the remoteness of this location. After years of trying, I realized that community is more expansive than a physical location. I have to be honest with you, being an introvert has made me reluctant to try very hard. I’m pretty darn comfortable spending most of my day alone. I love my solitude, but I miss human interaction. Being so extremely isolated this year because of the pandemic brought me face to face with some new parts of myself. For the first time in my life, I missed being around people. I missed talking about ideas. Sharing food and funny stories. Touch. I don’t see people very often but when I do, I find myself smiling like an idiot and wanting more than anything to just reach out and gently touch their arm, or their hand. Under normal circumstances that might be a little weird. It’s a really basic human need that I was never really aware of in myself before.
Over time I’ve realized that I’m not content with just any company. I need ‘my people’, the ones who live outside of binary boundaries. I mean binary as a perspective and mindset, which of course can include gender. I think of “Either/or” and black and white thinking as binary and confining. The nuanced world outside of that is colorful, multidimensional and it’s magic to connect with people who get that. People who live, think and act outside of boundaries- those are my people. Artists, creators, makers, dreamers. You know who you are.
I am ridiculously excited to connect and share with the BFF community! I hope to inspire while I share my projects, places I go and people I meet. I also hope that this will be an interactive experience. Give me feedback, ask questions, call me out (gently) if you think I’m misguided. I want to understand your experiences, and I want to give you insights into mine. Even though I’ll be ensconced in my little home, studio or camper or wherever I may be furiously typing away, I want to connect with you. Let’s be real, honest, authentic, compassionate and kind with each other. Welcome to my world!
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