Summer is coming. Summer has always been my main season and this year will be different but not that different!
With the April/May sales finished and all the fine art shows done, June kicks off with a 20 day break before I settle in to my weekly Oak Island Market thing.
This year is a transition year for me and that means Slashed Paint will evolve, too, and I expect things to look a lot different in terms of what Slashed Paint is all about, what I am making and doing in 2024.
Why? I am coming to the end of this road.
If I had to say what was life's best quality and what its worst quality was, it would be the same thing....change always comes. We don't get to keep being and doing the same things forever. We lose loves, dreams end, good times end. But we also don't get stuck forever being and doing and experiencing the same thing---new dreams begin, old nightmares end. I have been both extraordinarily lucky in my life and at least what feels like extraordinarily unlucky. I have lived nearly every dream I ever had,. I don't mean I was crazy successful in any of them, but they did all come true, even the most impossible. Of course, all that means I have seen those things end, too. I have lost them to time and fate, to the inevitable ---change--- and since life is short, youth is short, taking some roads means we never get a chance to take certain others. And to carry the metaphor further, eventually all roads end, usually in new roads. "Way leads on to way" Frost says, and he's right, I think on that and the sadness of feeling we 'shall never come back'. I know, a little too much 'dark poet' today, but it does get harder to joy at the horizon ahead, the longer we travel, the more we see faded in the rear view, the more we have left behind us. It can be hard not to fear the coming of change because she is always coming and she always brings with her such sadness and loss. She always brings the end. But so does she bring the beginnings.