An Upstanding Artist

As I drove the approximately 1750 th kilometre of our Christmas/ New Year road trip I remarked to my husband, Husband, I will be glad to be home. In the past three months, I have only had two weeks at home.
Those who know the aforementioned husband will not be surprised to read that he responded with You make your bed, you lie in it. Lovingly of course. Tongue in cheek and all that.

But it’s true. I have chosen this peripatetic, at times chaotic lifestyle and so far, apart from a few exhausted hiccups, we manage. This year was going to be quieter but for reasons, happy ones, beyond my control, quiet won’t be what it is! It’s a long time since I kidded myself I had much control though. And it’s been better for it!
StandingOne change I am bringing into to 2014 is standing.  It’s not the word of the year (more of that in another post! I know some of you are waiting….) but I am committed to standing more ( for health reasons) and have altered my desk to do so. So far….loving myself sick!! (Ironic for a health practice!)  It is really, really, really good.

The other thing that has worked sensationally well for three whole days now was triggered by a comment by Cynthia Tinapple at Studio Mojo.  She mentioned that she spent time in her studio each morning and then did computer based stuff in the afternoon. What a difference that has made to me! Transformed my sense of enoughness no end. I will burble on at length about this one day. Lucky youse!

On my wonderfully raised work surface, you can see the beginnings of the necklace I am making inspired by this poem:Miracle to Miracle
To be alive
To be able to see,
To walk, to have houses,
Music, paintings
-it’s all a miracle.
I have adopted the technique of living life
Miracle to miracle
Arthur Rubenstein

That wonderful phrase miracle to miracle leapt out at me with a very clear image! We’ll see how it goes!

6 thoughts on “An Upstanding Artist

  1. genevieve

    I feel horrible if I sit too much and frequently stand to work. My back feels better, my legs feel better and, call me crazy, I think the less I sit the more energy I have.

    Going to read the “health reason” link now and maybe I’ll find out why.

    1. wendy Post author

      So true Genevieve! I was worried about standing too long but it is not an issue. I have replaced the link with a better one…the one I was originally looking for. I have adopted quite a few of Michael Moseley’s health ideas into my life style. Let me tell you about HICT for example blah, blah, blah….

  2. Carolyn Good

    Wendy, we have 3 tables in our studio. The one for claying is a little higher than normal and our chairs are adjustable to go up and down in height so I can stand for most of my claying and I can sit in between when working on detailed work. I really like the fact that I can easily switch back and forth. To make my table a little higher, it is a formica counter top resting on 2 metal rack shelving which was very affordable yet functional. I do find I feel much better as well when standing for mixing my clay and such. Wishing you all the best in the new year!

    1. wendy Post author

      I have different height surfaces too and was able to manage using things lying around the house. Which tragically may say something about the house! You will recognise the colours I am using Carolyn…your recipes for the Pantone Colours of the year will be the subject of the next post! The acqua was a ring in but the others are Dazzling Blue, Cayenne, Freesia and Celosia. THANK YOU!

      1. Carolyn Good

        Oooh yes. I was going to comment on those and then my mind blanked out — typical at times for me — lol! I am so excited and happy to see how you are using the Pantone colors! Your work looks like so much fun I can’t wait to see what you are making!


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