Well, how did I get here?
But still...when I focused on what I was humming, I realized that "letting the days go by..." was getting to me.
As I said here in the nascent days of eyeblog, I feel much more invigorated, energized and ripe for reform at the start of school, than at the start of the new year. And anything which at this stage of the game involves my kids wanting to stay up way past my bedtime is not going to score points with me.
But still...one can't help but to pause and reflect. I feel that both in our home life and our "gallery" life, this year was one of moving forward and hitting our stride. A lot of the fits and starts that we went through began to smooth out, and our hard work pay off, and, perhaps most significantly, we began to recognize that things are working.
I am not too proud (or too delusional) to tell you that it has been hard, and that things don't always work so well around here.
But still...here we are. The kids are growing beautifully, and faster than we can buy them pants and shoes. The gallery has a small but solid roster of artists we are honored to show. We have come up for air enough to appreciate having both a family and a business that we love (if, indeed, with differing intensity!)
Sometime this summer, I was looking around the internet for information about the new place we were going to in Maine, and I stumbled upon something I was completely unfamiliar with: a blog. That blog happened to be Swallowfield, and it was like nothing I'd ever seen.
I went on from there, following links to other blogs, until my head was spinning with images and information I couldn't help but feel both envious of and encouraged by. I shot off an e-mail to Tim, the gist of which was "honey, we need to get inspired". If there were all these amazing people out there making art and living life with so much passion, humor, and beauty, why were we so bogged down? We had the raw materials, now we just needed some oomph.
Well...we got it. And what happened in this fall's election, and what is about to happen January 20, was a big part of that, for us.
It is with this energy and excitement that we are putting on The Obama Show: Group Thought. We will feature work that is in some way inspired by not only our next president himself, but by what this election means personally-to us, and to each of the artists in the show. As I've mentioned here before, we're thrilled to have Jennifer Judd-Mcgee contributing, as well as Rob Larson, (our own) Tim Thayer, and others, including for the first time at eyebuzz, a video installation.
So, here we are, at the end of the year, at the start of something new, looking forward. My wish to all of you is that you find some inspiration this year, too, in whatever it is that you love.
Looking forward. I couldn't ask for more. Thanks for reading.