Sarah West: Holiday Reflections

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Long before the new year began, positive anticipation for new calendar pages infiltrated the festive holiday mood. Amid Christmas gift considerations and year end studio celebrations, I found myself looking ahead; perhaps more than any year before.

Christmas cards were addressed and posted in a timely manner. In long lines at the local post office, kindred elements in conversation were shared among strangers.  Holiday meals and baking recipes were charted. The usual return trips to the grocery store for last minute things were carried out inevitably.  Speculaas and White Christmas cookies baked to perfection. A Raspberry White Meringue Cake prompted photos for sharing and evoked appreciative reviews over warm cups of coffee. Flora centerpieces were arranged, candles were lit and Christmas commenced. I savored all of this while looking toward the milestones yet to be lived. As I write I am reminded, for this column, it is year six.

Rain saturates the state of Alabama, confining us to the indoors. I brew water for tea and into my favorite teapot, I pour. New glazes are brushed onto canvas and images emerge. Over the holiday, several other works are planned. Among many, they are informed by the back roads just beyond my front porch. On the weekend, these will develop within my home-studio. Anxious to continue inspired progression, I make necessary calculations and establish my annual projections, plans and aspirations. My time is counted in practical measures, and balance is found between present and future.

A new year just dawned, and we have 362 more days before we again gather for holiday reflections.

 Art is Life Expressed – Sarah West, owner of the Sarah West  Gallery of  Fine Art.