Putting my studio to bed before I go on vacation is always hard for me. As much as I love getting away I don't like leaving my art supplies behind. It fills me with unease.
I always want to bring everything with me. But that is just not possible. When I was making jewelry I would bring beading with me.
Of course I always bring my sketchbook and colored pencils so I will bring those. I can't possibly bring my collage materials. It is just too much and too messy. I am going to bring some embroidery thread with me. I can do that while sitting at the pool. I have some small pieces of cloth and a few books of stitches. So I will practice some new stitches. That has awakened my interest in a meaningful way.
I also bring books with me. I have the following books packed: A Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton, Through the Flower by Judy Chicago and Destruction of the Father Reconstruction of the Father by Louise Bourgeois. Not what you would call light summer reading but I have had those books around for a while now and they need to be read.
So this will be my last post for a couple of weeks. There is no internet access where we stay and no cell service. In the beginning it is hard to live without those things. But each day gets easier as I find myself filling my day with other activities and enjoying it. I think everyone needs to go offline for a bit. If only to remember what life was like without it all. I feel for the generation that has no idea what it is like without all the electronics.
It wasn't bad. It really wasn't. In fact it was quite delightful and I got a lot more done.
See you all in two weeks.