It is Day 21 of the daily embroidery piece I began on December 1.
For this one, I'm using only open chain stitch, in five successive colors. The composition is freeform—when I sit down to stitch each day, I decide where to go next.
It seems especially important to take time for my artwork today, the shortest day of the year. I know it's technically not the new year yet, but it feels like it to me.
I feel poised at a turning point. From this day onward, light increases. Today is the day to live the expression, "Start as you mean to go on."
I mean to expand in 2014. More time for art, more time for my Blue Peninsula designs. Bigger projects undertaken, more risks, fewer hesitations, more trust.
Long have you timidly waded, holding a plank by the shore,
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
To jump off in the midst of the sea, and rise again and nod to me and shout, and laughingly dash with your hair.
So wrote Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass. I've read these words so many times since I was in graduate school. The book's pages are yellowed, the spine is cracking. But I keep reading, still sustained, still encouraged by Whitman's words.
I hope you have a joyful Winter Solstice and are able to make time for what you love!