This year has brought so many changes into my life that I have learned to accept change as a matter of daily occurance. This last was a big one, and made me take a leap of faith and love. My mother passed away two days before Thanksgiving.

I was fortunate to talk with her the day before, and we shared perhaps the best conversation we ever had.

I am grateful for that, and now have the task of honoring her life the way I could not for so long.

I have been taking up her hobby of knitting, and when I learn and get good enough, will help to knit mittens and hats for childrens charities, like she did, every year before Christmas. So far, I have managed two scarves, just plain knit, knit, knit. I used three yarns together on the last one, and was surprised at the thick, soft knobby pattern that resulted. It is quite lovely.

In art news:

I have been contacted by an interior designer team who is interested in my work. I’m very happy about this, and it seems to fall in line with what I have been envisioning for myself. More on that as it developes.

Even better news: I have an opportunity to attend a retreat in Ohio that I have been waiting for an opening in for a year. Two weeks of intensive art & soul therapy and then home to Minnesota for Christmas. I’ll be working on my laptop from there. The only thing I won’t be able to do is ship out orders and prints. Exceptions are the tapestry throw blankets, which I can send direct.

Everything is in flux, as usual. The artist’s path is an uncertain road, and not for those who can’t handle surprises, bumps and bruises.

With all of that, I still feel lucky, fortunate, grateful and happy that I have this life to explore these things in my work. All of lifes experiences are only fuel for my art, and art is the expression deeper than words. New work will be coming out of this, and it won’t be like anything I’ve done before. I hope to use my talent to share artwork that illuminates the human interior and brings understanding to myself and others. I hope to heal from tragedies past, and share a story of hope and strength.

I wish everyone peace, love and joy this season, and hope that Santa leaves dreams fulfilled at every hearth.