26 January 2007

sunday fog


whale & black bird platter 16"x16"


Sundays can be difficult for me. I often find myself at a loss with what to do with myself on Sundays. I know most people relish their weekends but being a person who worked weekends for twenty years and then suddenly having them free is well, a little unnerving. You see I got very used to doing things in the off times of the week. Taking Thursday off, for example, was completely normal for me. I never vacationed when everyone else was vacationing and often I did not participate in weekend activities because I was working. I find it a little strange to be out in the world when everyone else is out there too.


Sunday, the end of the week. It is kind
of like night time for me, the end of the day, not my favorite time of the day. I am much more of a morning person. I am optimistic and cheerful in the morning with the possibility of the day ahead of me. By night fall I am ready to stop and my creative juices go into temporary hibernation until the fallowing morning. Today for example, I was feeling a little blue and in my usual Sunday fog. I went out for a walk in my neighborhood and visited a couple of my favorite shops but felt assaulted by the clamor of happy Sunday people. It made me want to hide away. I came back home and thought, okay now it is time to have some coffee! I am not a regular coffee drinker as it does not always agree with me. Though when well timed and not overdone, coffee has can have an uplifting effect on me, which is helpful when I am feeling a little down. So I made myself a delicious cup that closely resembled a milk shake (lots of cream and sugar) sipped it down and then let the effects of the caffeine do its work...
Then I jumped in my car, turned the music up nice and loud and headed to my studio. When I walked into the studio I felt happy and comforted. I finished some more tea bowls, wrapped up some packages to be shipped, loaded my kiln with a whole bunch of new work along with the enormous 23" bowl I just finished for my show (it barely fit in the kiln). It made me feel better to go to work. I feel satisfied and ready for Monday now, ah yes, Monday...I know most people don't like Mondays but me I love them, after all they are a beginning of the week, like mornings they offer up the possibility of the week to come.

6 comments:

Shari said...

hi diana,
loved reading your thoughts. i find mornings to be full of possibility too. your new bird and whale platter is just beautiful. cheers! shari

jen said...

i often feel the same way about sundays..sometimes it is better to just relax at home. beautiful work and happy monday!

lilachica said...

I never know what to do with myself on Sundays either, especially Sunday evening. Sunday evening just makes me sad.

one black bird said...

thanks shari, yay for mornings!

jen, i try to stay in on sundays but then i feel like i am missing something... weird,huh! i think sunday just has it's own strange frequency that i just don't get into.

lilachica- yeah sunday evenings are hard...i think there are many people out there who get the sunday blues. i am slowly (very slowly) learning to go with it. what else can you do?!

Gail Rhyno said...

I relate to 'enjoy being out in the world, just not when everyone else is out there'...you put that so well. Your work is captivating and not like anything I've seen.

twirlgirl said...

diana, me too! i've spent most of my adult life working weekends (still am) and while i long for a traditional work week, i remember the periods when i had that schedule, it seemed like i couldn't avoid socializing as easily...and i often am just happiest in my studio! have a wonderful monday! the new bowl is STUNNING. i adore your work. this series inspired by scrimshaw is so lovely, but with an interesting shadowy dark side. i find that truely engaging. thanks for sharing.