Wednesday, November 12, 2008

From one hiatus to the next

And now for a long, long overdue update.

It’s been rough going lately. A family member became ill and died this fall. That was of course bad enough, but it happened outside of the country, which became a logistical nightmare. Things have somewhat returned to normal, but this entire year has been tough, with several major disruptions to our lives. I’ve been simply exhausted, and getting back into the flow of regular painting and blogging has been surprisingly difficult.

A number of people have written to me asking where I’ve been. Thank you: This has meant a lot to me. I believe I’ve now responded to everybody; if you did write me and didn’t hear back, I sincerely ask forgiveness.

So… I’m going to end the year with one more disruption, but a good one this time. As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to go to India, but the planets never properly aligned. Last week they did. An opportunity has come up for me to go and see the ordination ceremony for a friend of mine who is a Buddhist monk. I hesitated since it was such a last-minute thing, but my partner Sean has practically pushed me out the door (apparently I haven't beeen much fun to be around lately).

My flight's tomorrow evening, and I'll be there for a month. I’ll be spending 10 days at a monastery outside Bangalore, and after that I’ll be playing it by ear. Tentatively, I’m thinking of a short trip to Mumbai, then longer stays in Jaipur and Varanasi.

I should be in places with decent internet connectivity, so in theory (and I can’t stress the theory part of it enough), I should be able to do a few posts while I’m there… IF I can get my act together and keep it together. I’ll also be bringing paint (watercolors!) .

Do I plan to get back to regular painting and blogging? Absolutely. Assuming I can still lift a paintbrush in a month, I’ll be throwing myself into work; hopefully refreshed and newly-inspired.

Thanks to everyone for keeping links here and checking in on me!

Best wishes,