It won’t be long until we hit the solstice and finally stop losing daylight – so long as the world doesn’t end. It’s been serious winter here lately. On the good side, an impressive foot plus of snow fell over three days last week, closing schools for a day and improving everyone’s outlook. On the less good side, the snow was quickly followed by a drop into the freezer. At least when it’s -40+ you don’t have to worry about that snow going anywhere. .
I admit I’m not a fan of mid-December to mid-January. Sometimes I think I could spend an entire day just drinking coffee and putting wood in the stove.
However, if you’re a deadline driven artist (I am!) and have set yourself up to fight hibernation by scheduling a show in February (I did!) then the days of coffee and gazing into the fire will have to wait.
My next show is at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, and though I’m still very much in the middle of things it is looking like it will be largely about trees. I’ll post a preview right after the first of the year. Yes, another deadline.
A friend loaned me a book called “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. If you can ignore some unfortunate sports “hero” references (Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, must have been written a while ago. .) it has some useful ideas. I’m in the “put your ass in the chair and get to work” section about being a professional. Seems like good advice in cold, dark, slow December.