At the age of 50, I semi-retired from traditional employment and transitioned to being a full-time artist. I have the pleasure of spending every day in Birdsong Studio doing what I love. This blog was started almost a decade ago as a public accountability mechanism for a weight loss intention. It has grown into a number of different directions over the years. I hope you enjoy it.
In the "last" zone
With the move to Okotoks less than two weeks away, we have entered the period of time when certain things are going to happen for the last time. For instance, yesterday was the last time that Dylan woke up in his home of 20 years. He spent all of yesterday packing up his room before going out to Fort McKay to spend the rest of his summer with his mom and Grandma. He'll be back for a quick visit right before we all leave for our new home.
Soon it will be the last time that I cut the grass, do laundry and myriad other activities that have shaped our time within these four walls. Am I being overly nostalgic or is this normal? Not having moved in over 20 years, I'm really not sure.
We are hosting our Open House and Customer Appreciation Farewell today. When that is done, I will be stripping down the studio, leaving only basic supplies to get me through the last few projects that will be done in Fort McMurray.
I'll also be going through all the paints, brushes, markers, pencils and assorted supplies and getting them sorted and packaged for the transition to Birdsong Studio 2.0.
This has been a good goodbye. Having three months to prepare and pack has given us ample time to see people and to wrap things up. Artistically, I've been able to do a number of legacy projects, paintings that will be on display for years to come in places like the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre at Keyano College, Father Turcotte Catholic School, and Good Shepherd Catholic School. I was also able to do a new portrait of Greb which will be used to raise money for the SPCA long into the future.