It's been just about 6 weeks since we came home from our Cross-country trip and I have yet to get back in the studio.
I wrote that at the beginning of October. Returning to art practice ... any practice really... after a long hiatus is difficult. Made even more so when you're being told ... and telling yourself.... the best remedy is to Just Do It, act as if, fake it 'til you make it. Doubly hard when feeling like a giant failure, not worthy, what's it all for anyway. And yet. One's saving grace really is getting your hands dirty, pretending that the work is enough, and you really are worth the effort.
I have been in the studio.
I've even finished some things I like.
But I still haven't got my groove back.
Until then. I'll put my grotty apron on, swish paint around and make big ol' messes. Y'know. Practice.
As we sit waiting for Myron to fix our van, I figured I may as well write out some of my thoughts so far, on this Epic Roadtrip:
- You can make do with much MUCH less than you think. Our van is less than 100sqft and yet we still have space for other stuff. Stuff we don't need. But still.
- Murphy's Law of Road Signs: The more signs you see advertising something, the less impressive it will be.
- The Corollary: Sometimes the Best Fritters in Canada really ARE the best fritters in Canada.
- You'll find out more about your partner than you ever thought possible. And love him all the more.
- Who the hell is the Willow Bunch Giant?!?
- While you can't control the weather, you can find an alternative. That's why camper vans have wheels!
- The Natives always get screwed.
- Ontario is massive. I repeat Ontario is M.A.S.S.I.V.E.
- Small kindnesses go a long way.
- There needs to be more urban green spaces. They don't have to be epic or expensive. A few trees, some green grass and a bench or two. People will be much calmer. Urban Planners take note.
- Three things every town needs: An information center, public washrooms and free WIFI.
- The world is an amazing place. Never ever forget this!
- Buffalo kinda remind me of dinosaurs. And they're really REALLY noisy.
- And on that note, wildlife sightings so far:
- Raptors galore
- Songbirds aplenty
- Canadian geese up the whazoo
- Oh. And ducks too.
- Deer, moose, elk, mule deer
- Meerkats or prairie dogs or marmosets (note to self: google later)
- Bear cub. Didn't see the Mama. Didn't really want to.
- Domestic horses, cows, long-horn steer. And llamas. Or Alpacas. I can never differentiate.
- And squirrels that totally looked like monkeys. (if there are squirrel monkeys why can't there be monkey squirrels?)
Just in time too, as we head out for our epic (finally!) road trip.
I'm sure there will be photos aplenty.
Check instagram for those.
Be good while I'm gone!