Autumn harvest and winter vision…

Ahhhhh… Completion, release… now is the time for harvest and celebration…!

The gardener in me can’t help but look at things as all part of a system and going through cycles: time for attentive cultivation, intense growth, lush blooming, ripening that culminates in dancing the harvest away… followed by the receding and the underground stillness that will itself precede a new surge of life eager for light and promises of more feasts to come…

I love it all, but Autumn is definitely my season.  Of course: that ‘s when I was born, and every year I enjoy the coming back of slanted bright light, shorter days and crisp mornings, the smell of wood fire smoke in the air, the bright orange of pumpkins and the first persimmons… It’s a feast, a regal palette, it’s everywhere…

It feels very natural and timely then, to be sitting back for a moment and look at what’s been accomplished so far this year, and to rejoice…!

A few days ago my new website was launched http://www.emmelinecraig.com, after several months of intense creative thinking and exploration of possibilities with my web wizard, Beverly… Bless her heart! what would I do without her ?

In the same week a large solo exhibition of my work was hung, for the next 3 months, in a truly beautiful space inside the old Red Barn at the Pt Reyes National Seashore visitors center! The opening reception is planned on October 27th… and it could not be a better date because it is also my birthday!… how better could I celebrate it, but with friendly people coming to meet me, see my work and share refreshments ?

Harvest time, you see… time for celebration and appreciation of the completed work.

Meanwhile… I painted.

New images of summer,of grasses, of blue sky…simple things but coming from a place of awe and wonder for all these marvels around us…

But there is more, because everything is, of course, in motion and in relation with everything else… big dreams for a long time morphed into big resolutions at the beginning of the year and by summer became big projects that are now being finalized into detailed planning for my little Art gallery to come! A space modest in size but full of grace, space for me to hang my work and present the work of a few guest artists… in a few months that will definitely be another great opportunity to celebrate and rejoice !…

And so it will be at the heart of the rainy season, when days are at the shortest, and frost whitens the fields along Highway 1, that I will be opening my doors on a new chapter, filled with light, comfort and peacefulness, in and out… a place to offer you, who know my work already, as well as all people yet to be met, a blissful space to step into and take a breath, take the time to slow down, to look around, to feel… and to refresh… sowing in your mind the fertile seeds of gentle Art.

From there on, it will be a new year, already… but for now let’s just enjoy this magnificent time of bounty and feast, let’s just be grateful and revel in appreciation for all that has been done and done with love…

More later…


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