You may have been wondering what happened during this lapse of time since the last article posted to Helleneste kai Grammateus. The truth is there has been a lot. Happening, that is. I won’t bog down this article with the full details of everything, but this will be an overview for upcoming posts…
Hellenion had its Annual General Meeting which kept my hands, mind, and emotional capacity more than full.
Concurrent with that, our family lost a strong friend of 14 years which sent me into a deep immobilizing funk of guilt and regret. Our friend was one of the two family cats my husband and I took into our home four years ago when my side split households across the country. He was declining sharply due to kidney failure and we were forced to decide to put him down. It felt like pulling the plug on a child, but one that couldn’t communicate his pain. We are still coping with the loss.
I’m also now in my last two weeks of a class on digital painting. That is, painting on the computer with Corel Painter. I promise I’ll post a link to one piece I did which Hellenic Polytheists will enjoy: Hestia. I felt moved by Her to paint it. I’m considering selling prints of it to those in the polytheistic community if there’s enough interest.
I am also applying to the graduate program at the Academy of Art University in SF for a MFA in Illustration (Concept Art track). This has required a lot of attention to cultivating my portfolio.
And then there was Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. Perhaps its approach was why I was compelled to paint Hestia as it is certainly Her holiday. Family and friends gathered to give feast and give thanks as winter approaches and they spend all day over the oven cooking together. What could celebrate the hearth more? My husband and I went out of town for the week and celebrated twice with his family (his parents are divorced) and spent time with his brother, brother’s fiance, and our nephew (who is now three years old and both charming and brilliant). Then we flew back and entertained my parents and family and friends for a third Thanksgiving feast (well, three of those really as friend and relatives came at three separate times). What can I say? We have much to be thankful for.
Now I am taking a deep breath and getting back into the groove. As usual, I post not by a schedule or routine, but when something of interest begs to be shared and discussed. Next, I’ll share some advice I posted at MisticWicks concerning finding a patron (or matron) deity.