I worked past midnight in the studio yesterday, and rose late this morning to calm clouds and breezes. This is a distinct change from the weather of late, and most welcome. A few days ago I noticed another distinct change: ironweed blooming, a high cluster of deep violet blooms, and I know that means Summer’s end is upon us. The whirring of crickets reminds me of that too, and I embrace the shifting days. I am ready for cooler nights!
There’s another shift in my life, one I can barely explain, except to attribute it to the workings of Mystery: I have been working regularly in my studio! For me this is a dramatic departure from my usual stance of “mother-and-frustrated-artist.” Not only have I been working in the studio, I’ve also been lining up exhibitions, events, and workshops to which I will be applying. Really, this is an amazing development! Finally subscribing to The Pastel Journal no doubt has something to do with it, as it is a wonderful resource for the pastelist, but there’s something else at work here.
Last Sunday we performed a despacho ceremony, which originates with the Andean people, and which we did under the direction of our passionate intern, Andy. I’d never heard of it before, but ever since he arrived in early July he’d been talking about doing a despacho. It was fulfilling and intimate and luminous. And it has everything, everything, everything to do with that dramatic shift.
What else can I say about that? I believe meaningful ceremony is the raison d’être for humanity’s existence upon the Earth. Not the only reason for being, but high, high up there. So there will be more Ceremony in my life. More fulfillment. More intimacy. More luminosity.
Speaking of fulfillment, here’s the piece I finished last night:
More finished pieces coming soon! Yay!