Friday, December 16, 2011

Back to Work

Back to Work

It’s been almost three weeks since I moved to Vermont, and I am happy to report that almost all boxes have been emptied, flattened and delivered to the town dump, every room is about as furnished and decorated as it can or will be given our limited resources of time money and energy, and we have even managed to take a few little trips to picturesque nearby towns, Manchester being one of them, and the subject of Brian’s most recent post which you can find here.  In Manchester, on Mount Equinox, I shot some film for the first time in far too long, which I will be handing over to my new camera shop soon, and if all goes well, will allow me to share some real photographs with you next week.

 Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt

Until now I have been relying on my digital camera to capture certain aspects of my new life here, and anyone who reads this blog regularly knows how I feel about the differences between digital and film shooting! Still, if I go too long without some sort of camera in my hands, I suffer a form of artistic withdrawal that makes me bad company indeed, especially to myself. Above is the morning view from my kitchen window. Below is the morning view from my bedroom window after a few inches of snow that fell overnight last week but has since melted. 

 View from Above
 
And below is what the parking lot for our building looked like later that morning after our neighbors had left for work.

 Snow Parking

Speaking of work, I have finally organized my studio/study to the point where I can locate all my materials as needed, leaving me no choice but to get back to actually creating things. What these things will be, I can’t yet be sure, but just to feel the sensation of not doing something related to household affairs, I began designing and crocheting some new wrist warmers yesterday. It was the first time I have felt as if I were actually living here, and not just "settling in," and I hope to have many more such days ahead.

 Wrist Warmer : Lilac, Melon, Snow and Plum

Here is a sneak peak of the two new pairs of wrist warmers I will be posting to my Etsy site tomorrow, just in time for all you late or last minute holiday shoppers. There is still time to order something and receive it by Christmas! 

 Wrist Warmer: Green Mountains on a Sunny Day

I’ll also be sending out my End of Year Newsletter soon, so if you aren’t already signed up, please do.  In conclusion, I'd like to acknowledge and thank you all for your kindness and patience during this busy time, and especially for so many warm birthday wishes following last week’s post. Because of you, even in a new home and town, I feel I am always in the company of good friends.

26 comments:

  1. Those wrist warmers are so cute and the photos are beautiful.

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  2. Gabriella, great post with wonderful images and work. Lovely! So glad for you.

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  3. RJ - thanks so much! I wish I were not so busy lately - I've done a little dipping in your blog and it looks like we have much in common and I would do well to spend a day catching up on your posts! I do hope to make up for that neglect soon, soon...have a great weekend.

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  4. Luis, my dear friend. Thanks for your comment and your faithful following! I suppose you of all people understand what I was talking about going through withdrawal without my camera in regular use! All the best to you.

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  5. :-) heheheh Gabriella, I can imagine me all the work to un-boxin all your things... and place all in the neu place :-)
    I can see that you have great new inspiration with snow too (that I really love!)

    I like all your works, really like

    kiss to you and have a great week end!

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  6. Hi Laura - I'm happy that the unpacking work is done and now the art-work can begin! Yes, I think Vermont has already inspired me both with the snow scenes that are perfect for black and white photography, and also, the color schemes I picked for my wrist warmers! This is a powerful place, full of natural beauty and good energy. Much love to you, my dear.

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  7. Your pictures are beautiful
    as are your wrist warmers!

    (though I'd look rather silly in a pair... ; )

    Stay warm!

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  8. Brad - you make me laugh. I've attempted a more "masculine" line of wrist warmers, the better to broaden my market and increase sales, but alas, the frilly girly designs are so much more fun to make, I've given up trying! Thanks for your comment - have a great weekend!

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  9. Your photographs bring me beside you..
    You are so full of positive thinking.
    And I just love your old teddy bear.. sitting like he is resting from exhaustion..
    The "snow parking" photo reminds me of Germany!

    Sweet hugs
    Monika

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  10. Monika - I'm happy you noticed the teddy bear! He was purchased in Vermont on a vacation many years ago (1980s) and has finally come home to his birthplace! Your photos always bring me beside you, so it is especially good to hear you say the same of mine! All the best to you, dear friend.

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  11. I loved your working space complete with Bear. Mine still reside with us as well. And the snow shots, oh, oh, oh. I loved the delicate tracery, and then loved the tracks carved by the cars.

    In our current weather wrist warmers make me avert my eyes.

    Another wonderful post - thank you.

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  12. Of course we all need wrist warmers. What a great idea (and cute too).

    I LOVE your photos.

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  13. Hi Wong - thanks for your comment! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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  14. EC - what's a girl without her old teddy bears? They have seen and heard so much and never betrayed any of our secrets! Thanks for your kind words about my photos. Yes, must be weird to think of us about to dive into the depths of winter over here, with your opposite weather! Take care, my friend.

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  15. Hi Kass - thanks for the vote of confidence on the wrist warmers. As my hands are always cold indoors, be it winter in an underheated room, or summer in an over-airconditioned room, and cold outdoors in mid-seasons when wearing full gloves would look sort of silly, this item is close to my heart! They have also sold more briskly and in higher volume in the past year than anything else I have ever created and offered for sale, so I think I might not be alone in my affliction! Have a great weekend.

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  16. Hey G, it's awesome seeing you and B settling in to the VT groove. Your photos capture it all. And yes I know what you mean about artistic withdrawl when we go too long without our hands in the clay. Looking forward to seeing your film shots!!

    take care,
    d.

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  17. Yo D! Good to see you here on a gray Saturday morning. The harmony of the household has definitely improved now that both resident artists have their hands back in their respective clay! Unfortunately, the holidays will intervene just as we are getting into the creative groove again, so we are making sure to get a good fix in the days remaining! All the best to you.

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  18. Snow parking is beautiful Gabriella,
    calligraphy comes to my mind.
    Giving names to your wrist warmers, one can wear 'green mountains on a sunny day' i just love that.
    Nice to read you are getting to some creative adventures again and my eye was caught by that rolling hills in the distance on 'beyond a shadow of doubt', quite a view and quite a difference with 'hitting the wall'.
    Enjoy, love and xx

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  19. Thank you for noticing the new naming for the wrist warmers, Renilde! I thought it would be more appealing than "Wrist Warmer in Color Scheme Three with Stripes and Ruffles" or whatever. Yes, I too thought of calligraphy when I saw the tracks in the snow! All human activities leave marks, and they are all a kind of writing! You noticed the view too. Such a difference! We are literally surrounded by more or less distant mountains in every direction we look. A short drive outside of the city and the mountains come to meet you, rising higher on all sides until you feel you are driving right through them. They don't call this the Green Mountain State for nothing! Have a wonderful week and a happy holiday, dear friend.

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  20. Gabriella,
    gradually, you already set up, and starts to 'live and rule' in the house, very good!
    Best of all, is already creating wrist warmers, and photos ....
    oh they are so beautiful and gentle, they seem to whisper to our ears you are well, perfectly welcomed .....

    [do not worry that your expression has not suffered any damage with the use of digital]

    take care,
    peace in everything in life! ...
    hugs hugs hugs!

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  21. Thanks you Denise for your beautiful words! Happy Holidays to you! Baci!

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  22. Hi G/TT - better late than never. I loved the car-park shot - such beautiful marks - cursive and dancing; there must have been music! And I love the serenity of the view out the window - to see the space and feel the air, and know there is so much more...Enjoy the final settling in; so good to be getting back in the groove in many ways. Take care.

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  23. Fiona - this is one of those cases of making use of limited resources/circumstances - I have yet to take my camera out and about in my environs for a legitimate photo shoot, being so housebound, so I've mostly been taking photos through my own windows! I thought of you when I saw those gorgeous tracks in the parking lot, on my way from kitchen to study with my morning coffee after our first snow here! Mark-making at its serendipitous best! Could not resist capturing it before it melted away! The church next door, whose back side you see in the second photo, offers fabulous views at all hours and I'm sure all seasons. The steeple is white and tall and fully lit up at night - promising to be a frequent subject in months to come. I won't lack for creative inspiration here, that's for sure! As usual, it will be about sorting priorities, finding or making time, balance....

    All the best to you and B.

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  24. TT/G - damn!! I was going to say how much I liked the parking slot shot and F has beaten me to it - well I guess it is even better to have more people thinking that you had such a good eye for that shot. Good to hear that the boxes are all but unpacked and that you have created a small creative space and are getting back into capturing the beauty around you and sharing it with us. My wish for you is that the new home brings you peace and 20122 brings connections and prosperity. Go well. B

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  25. You're right Barry - can never get enough of positive responses to my work! Thanks much. Now that settling in is all but don, we have to get ready for the holiday weekend - guests arrive tomorrow for feasting and celebrating. What were we thinking moving at such a busy time? I can't wait for 2012 when life finds a more natural rhythm! All the best to you and F.

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