The demon depression has been lurking for a month or so now, but this morning, when I got up, he didn't. I think in part that's because things are now back to normal; Robin is back to work, the routine is reestablishing itself, and I can play in the studio without feeling I Really Ought to be doing Something Else... And partly, I think, it's because I finally stopped pretending I was Just Fine, and admitted to everyone that I was struggling a bit. Sometimes, just being honest with oneself is enough.
So, to prove I'm back to work with a vengeance...the new painting is finished but as yet untitled, whilst the textile piece is in progress; lutradur over velvet, with the former cut back to show the cloth below. Sorry to those of you who want to see Nefertiti; she's bound for 'She Made Her Mark', and I can't show a full photo at this point. As soon as I can, I will, I promise. Remember, you can see a larger image by clicking on the images here.
I've spent the afternoon ringing round the Well members, to say that we have unexpectedly been offered a show at the Hobart Gallery at Blickling Hall. It will open on the 18 January and run til the 28th. Which is very exciting, of course, the first time we'll show together as a group, rather than simply having a stall at a craft fair. Wish us luck, won't you? Better still, come along and support us if you can...we'd love to see you!
I talked to Sally on the phone this morning. I'm going to dye tomorrow, I said. Why, she said, what are you going to do? An interesting variation of the old 'Mum's in the kitchen, dyeing' joke...
And now, given that I can't put it off any longer, I'm going to go work out my goals for this new year. If you haven't already done so, off you go and do it, too...you know you want to.