The Sketchy Life is BACK!

Starr 61Hello! Starr here…

Today is Saturday, 8/9/2014 – more than a year and half since my last post of the paintings I did in Italy in late 2012.

I wasn’t sure what would happen to this blog, but coming home from Italy was just as much culture shock as it was to go there in the beginning. If you look back through my blog at that time, you will see that it took me more than 2 days to get home – 2 days of missed flights and sitting up all night in airports and feeling generally displaced in life. I was so numb when I got home I slept for days.

The other thing was that I had moved into a small apartment (downsized from a 4 bedroom home) just 2 days before I left for Italy for 3 months. It wasn’t planned that way, but it IS how it happened. So I came home to a tiny apartment of less than 500 square feet – filled to the ceiling with boxes in every room. I didn’t even know where I was! I had to write my address down so I could recite it for deliveries and updating billing accounts. I floated through life in a daze for some time.

I fully intended to keep painting – and keep walking – but life in the U.S. is vastly different than village life in Italy.

Painting went by the wayside because I had an entire living space to unpack and organize. And if you know me, you know I can’t just throw a K-mart sheet on the bed and crawl in…

Nope, I had to shop day and night for fabrics and storage units and unpack box after box of items I didn’t know what to do with. But one thing was for sure… it was gonna look designer-chic when I was through. (And it does!)

Second, the walking was a bust. In Italy, everyone is on the streets all day and half the night. Everyone walks or bikes to the markets every day and the streets are wall to wall shops and cafes. It is lovely and I got so I had to go out several times a day just to walk and shop for necessities and see what was happening. Rain or shine.

In southwest Ohio, you only walk if you have to… meaning you don’t have a car and possibly can’t afford a bus ticket. The markets are NOT nearby – they are least a few miles away. And anyone you meet on the street on the way there is someone you should probably be afraid of. Yes, there are people who “exercise” – but they are not the ones walking to the grocery. Folks simply don’t do that here.

And so, I reverted to the native midwest girl I am. I gained back the 20 pounds I had lost effortlessly in Italy and my feet lost their hard-won conditioning for walking any sort of distance.

But now I am good and settled in. The house is in order… the small garden is in place… and my passion for painting is back.

In order to document what I’m doing, I am reviving the Sketchy Life Blog. It is mostly for me because I’m a nut about writing and recording things and sharing my creative passions. I know that a lot of other people don’t really get that. But no matter. I’m getting back to the Sketchy Life and it makes me happy to record it here. And that’s that.

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