It's been a wild and wonderful week with a merry mix of everything I love in my life and my art.
Watching my children grow and being there to help in whatever way I can is always a labor of love. This week gave me many things to celebrate.
Love all around.
My daughter, Caitlin and son-in-law, Colin both performed their Master's music recitals. Caitlin is graduating with a Vocal Performance/Pedagogy degree. For her vocal recital, she sang with an orchestra and solo pieces from Strauss, Stravinsky and Mozart. She was amazing! She and Colin have grown so much over just the last two years. Colin's degree is in Conducting and Composing and his recital included several classical compositions but the best was his own composition. I was awed by their talents and stage presence.
My son, Kyle celebrated his birthday with us, Sarah and their sweet little baby, Meyer. We went out to dinner one night and had a barbecue another. So I got to see my son and granddaughter twice in one week. It's a joy to watch my son gently cuddle and feed his daughter. And it's such a miracle to experience the tremendous growth of a baby's first year. It's so fascinating to watch her learning to crawl and talk and pull herself up. And I love that I get to be around her enough that she knows me, smiles and reaches up to be hugged.
Cleaning up the old, adding new life and new art.
My husband and I set to work weeding and trimming and planting and cleaning. All our labor paid off with new flowers, hanging baskets and mounds of lettuce. We can sit on our clean patio and enjoy our outdoor room that now supports a new home, too. Over the weekend, a robin built a nest under the patio cover. She's spent the last few days proudly sitting in it. I can't wait to hear those new little chirps.
My art was a mix of work and fun, too. I unloaded the kiln, sanded and wiped and put the finished pieces on my studio display shelves. I got out fresh clay and formed new vases inspired by the blooming lilies in my backyard. I have a few pieces that are dry enough now for under glazing but I haven't gotten to them yet. I will, but, well life's been a bit busy lately.
My art, like my life, was a mix bag of beginnings and endings this week. And I love it.
That's what Sculpting A Life is truly all about(though maybe not all in one week, all the time.)