Hmmm, well maybe there is some advantage to stinkin' summer days (hot, humid, hazy weather). I know many people really love this weather. I loathe it.
Since I cannot go to my studio and work on the rug - who in their right mind, even those who love this weather, would want to be working with wool right now? - I am home working on tangles. And since it's summer, might as well work on summer tangles. So, here I am. I am incredibly happy to be tangling again. On the upper right is my "warmup" tangle, done on crappy scrappy paper. I may even like that one better (I wrote about it yesterday).
On the left is today's tangle, done on an actual Renaissance Tile (a fancy way of saying a high quality tan 3.5" x 3.5" Italian printmaking paper). I completely lose myself in this process.
Here's how I know: we are having insulation blown into the walls of the house today, and they've been banging, drilling, and filling since 8.30 a.m., quite a loud procedure. They've also been in and out of my apartment several times to check on a few things. When the checking part finally settled down, I allowed myself to sit down and tangle while they bashed away outside. And they were, indeed, bashing away, yelling instructions at each other, etc. But did I hear them? NO. Not until I was done. I do love this process.
Oh yeah, and when I do find myself endlessly whining about this weather, I look back at this photo I took last February. It's a sidewalk near my house. Enough said..
Happy Summer, everyone!
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project