27 February 2011

back to business

The past three months have been a roller coaster. 

Holiday fairs and shows bled into a nearly month-long visit to Pennsylvania. While there, I created "The Grandfathers," spent the last holiday season with my own grandfather, and helped he and my grandmother out as his illness progressed.

The first week in January, I flew back to Montana, set up my show, and had the opening. It was a wonderful night, and it felt great to be surrounded by friends.

I wasn't home long. Cancer, the evil beast that it is, confined my grandfather to a hospital bed {thankfully in his own home} a week and a half after I left. My sister and I made the decision to hop on a plane and head back to Pennsylvania. Without getting into any details, I will just say that I now have a deeper respect for those people who choose to be caretakers.

"Tickled Pink" and "Dreams of Spring" were opening soon, and I needed to head back to Missoula to ship my pieces to Tasty and hang my work at Bernice's.

A few days after we left, and before my opening, my grandfather died.

There is no way I can convey how important he is to me in a few short sentences. {I was born on his 50th birthday, his first grandchild. We spent nearly every birthday together. the ones we missed, I can count on one hand}. I'm going to save these thoughts and stories for what I hope to be a well-crafted essay honoring his life and his influence on mine.  

For the past month, I feel like I have been stuck on the aforementioned roller coaster. You know the straight part of the track, after all of the ups and downs, when the coaster slows before the end of the ride? That is where I spent February~ not touching a pencil or a piece of wood.

It is time to get off the ride.

Thank you to all of you who have stuck around this stagnant blog and artist. I hope that I won't disappoint in the future. I have an opening on April 1st to prepare for and a few other things I can't wait to share with you!


Micki Wilde said...

I am truly sorry to hear of your grandfathers passing.

love and hugs

micki x

stella latwinski said...

Thanks Micki! I really appreciate the support. *^_^*

Matt at Wood and Faulk said...

So sorry to hear the news. Best wishes to you and your family. Also, glad you're back, looking forward to your next creations.

Char said...

I love your work and was wondering where you were. I am deeply sorry to hear you lost someone so dear to you. Sending comforting thoughts your way.

stella latwinski said...

Thanks Matt & Char. I can't wait to get back to new work & renovation projects. *^_^*

Melanie Gardner said...

Hugs! Sorry for your loss and your unwanted trip to the carnival (rollercoaster). Arms and ears open for you.


Leila West said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Its so difficult when we lose a loved one, I hope you are taking your time to grieve and hold on to those treasured memories.

Laurel said...

I'm so sorry for your loss :( *hugs*