Friday, December 30, 2011

The Gift of Space

Sometimes the best gift is one you give yourself. 

Before the holidays I had an idea for a blog post of what to get the artist in your life.  I was thinking of luscious paints, beautiful papers, brushes... you get the idea.  But soon realized that what I really wanted was a break - from commitments, obligations and all the busyness of everyday.
Shadow Drawing
Gesso, charcoal, graphite aquarelle on paper
30" x 22"

And that is just what I did this past Monday.  My family was out of town.  I cancelled plans. I did not drive anywhere and closed up my laptop.   I meditated, journaled, walked, listened to music, worked in my studio and watched a film.  The day was spacious. And just what I needed.

Artist Patricia Scarborough did post a lovely list on her blog with other worthwhile gift ideas that don't come in a box- and are appreciated any time of year!

What gift have you given or plan on giving yourself this year?


A.Kimberlin Blackburn said...

oh, that sounds heavenly Nanci. i hope to pick the day next week to do just that, thanks for the reminder! xox Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!!!, kimberlin

Nanci Hersh said...

The same to you my friend, and I do hope that you do just that for yourself. May the new year bring good healthy, peace, prosperity and divine inspiration!

Patty said...

Space, the perfect gift. Thanks for the mention, I look forward to a growing friendship!

Donna Iona Drozda said...

Hi Nanci
I come by way of Alyson Stanfield's Blog and am sooo happy that I hopped over to see your wonderful work.

I Love your 'day of space' post ... your 'Shadow Drawing' is scrumptous.

~Happy New Year ~

My gift... given to myself this year... is to paddle about in my kayak more Water Rat says to Mole in 'Wind in the Willows'..."There's nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." ...that and being in the studio '-)

Nanci Hersh said...

@Patty... I look forward to having a new friend- in Nebraska (you may be the first person I know from there... maybe Karen Kunc the printmaker- do you know her?) Regardless, I have subscribed to your blog and hope that you will do the same.

@Donna Iona Drozda... Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on my post. I went to yours as well, subscribed and can't wait to sit down with a cup of tea and read your fabulous blog.