|A Small Detail of my latest completed piece - When I Was Twenty-One|
I worked really hard in January to finish this piece. I am entering it for jurying into a show so I can only show you bits of it for now but I wanted to talk about it. I call it "When I Was Twenty-One" and it focuses on coming of age in the sixties and how events of that time and all that came after has influenced my life and growth. We really thought we could change the world. Certainly equality rights have progressed over the intervening decades. But the road to peace has been a rocky one and some days it seems like we are moving backwards. It can feel overwhelming and cynicism takes over. But in my heart I think I still carry that sense of hope for peace, justice and equality that was planted in me in that interesting decade. I still firmly believe that all human beings deserve to live in safety with food, shelter and a decent quality of life. Interestingly enough, working on this piece and remembering the major events of the times has led me to reflect on my personal journey as well.
I have also spent the last week dog sitting my son's husky/shepherd. He and my cat are not friends so I spent most of my time keeping them apart. Otherwise, he is a good gentle dog and quite beautiful, don't you think?
This month it's on to finish my Trend Tex Challenge, another friendship garden, a landscape with fields and water and lots of hand stitching, and another of underwater rocks that is really taking shape. I just found out that my eye surgery has been moved up to the end of February so I don't have as much time as I thought I had to work on these pieces. Some pieces will need to wait! I also have a few group exhibitions and shows in the next few months which I will add to my exhibitions page shortly.