Vacation…is it possible to stay home and have a vacation? Well, that’s what I’m planning on doing. Actually Jon has the same plans, but he also has plans to finish writing his latest book too. So I guess vacation means different things to each of us.
When I think of vacation, I think of being someplace warm, and sitting around doing a lot of reading. Or going someplace new and exploring. But the vacation I’m planning between now and New Years, or maybe even the Monday after New Years, is not that kind of vacation. What I’m really feeling creatively is that I need time away from my studio. Time away from the routine I’ve established there over the past year of so. I know it’s important for artists to take time from their creative work. I’ve read about this idea, heard artists talk about it and miraculous stories about how such breaks have pushed artists in new directions. But even without all that, I know how I feel and I know I need a vacation from my work.
So these are my plans for the next week or so. Sleep late (which means getting up to feed the animals then getting back into bed), reading a lot (deeply into the new book Jon got me for Christmas, The Gold Finch by Donna Tartt) see lots of movies, (We have a long list of movies to see in the theater and at home) take walks, visit friends, and clean my studio. I see cleaning my studio as part of the resting and recharging of my creativity. Getting familiar again with my fabrics by re-organizing them. Moving things around for a fresh start.
And blogging? Well at first I planned on not blogging at all. But I’m finding that sometimes, I just can’t help myself, I find I have something I need to say or a picture I need to post. So I’ll be loose about that. Usually I blog at least one time a day except on Saturday (this is my day off from going on-line) but on my vacation I’ll give myself the luxury of not blogging if I don’t feel like it. And blogging when I do feel like it. Same goes for email.
So here I go. We’re kicking off the vacation by going to a matinee of the new Hobbit movie with our friends George Forss and Donna Wynbrandt. Yes! a movie in the middle of the day. Now that sounds like a vacation to me.