This is the last day for the studio at the Cooper’s Landing Building; the end of one season, and the start of a new one. Transitions can be full of excitement but also painful and awkward. My plan is to ride the wave of all that comes with it into a new season that holds great promise.
July has been a frantic month of painting, patching, repairing, and moving. Not only have we been trying to get the new studio ready, but we’ve also been having our house re-sided. I had been scraping, sanding, and painting metal awnings to put back onto the house, only to find that the crew was unable to re-attach them to the house. Long story short - the bolts were attached in a way that didn’t leave enough room with the new siding. All that work in the midst of a hectic schedule came to naught. But I didn’t have enough time to really care. There was a moment of frustration and then on to the next project.
But now the big push is over. I turn in my keys and access card today and we’ll continue to work on the new studio with less pressure. I have no real deadline other than a group of frames I’ve re-gilded and am varnishing. There’s finally time to step back, take a breath, and contemplate a plan.
But first, I think I’ll pause to relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy this summer morning. The birds are singing, the sun is shining and I am breathing it in deeply.
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.