Letting Go…

I’ve been working on this tapestry almost every day for the past couple of months in order to make an application deadline for an art show.  I really haven’t done much else in spare time except for check the ol’ Facebook, my email, etc.  In fact I’ve been really diligent about not procrastinating by hanging out with youtube for hours on end.  Nope, I would come home from work, put on my headphones, and sink into a lovely world of what makes me truly and blissfully happy….

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At the same time, I have other things I’ve been meaning to do, like finishing several artworks for friends, cleaning my bathroom, and organizing the explosion of junk mail and laundry that has slowly taken over while I’ve been busy weaving.  So you’d think I would be happy to finally cut this thing off of the loom, but it’s my least favorite part.  Once the warps are cut, that’s it.  It’s over.  I hate looking at an empty loom, I miss what used to be there, waiting for me to come and sit down with a cup of tea at the end of the day and weave a little bit more.

I have a hard time letting go.

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But this time, I thought about the billion ideas I have for future weavings, and how an empty loom is just a blank canvas waiting for my next creation.  And I have an application deadline looming over me (pun definitely intended).

So on the eve of 2014, I’m thinking of all that I have accomplished this past year, personally and artistically, and it was pretty amazing.  I’ve had two tapestries in juried art shows, and I got to go to one of those shows and meet some other incredible young artists.  This weaving is only my third, and I’m looking forward to a new year of learning more about my craft, making some gorgeous creations that make me happy, playing guitar, and eating more salad so I can eat more chocolate.

I’m leaving you with a not-so-great photo of the finished weaving, still on the loom and unnamed.  I’ll post a better image once I get it photographed in a couple weeks.  Happy New Year!  May it be a year of love, friendship, laughter, and many many blessings.

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