Radical Sabbatical / by Jennifer

Mapping 1, 36" x79", dirt and chalk on panel, 2012 Jennifer Davey

Mapping 1, 36" x79", dirt and chalk on panel, 2012 Jennifer Davey

Radical:from Late Latin radicalis "of or having roots, from Latin radix- "root"... meaning "going to the origin, essential"

Sabbatical:from Hebrew word shabbat which comes from the verb shavat meaning rest or cessation.

Sometimes something that has been a long time coming has a way of actually happening quite quickly.  Last week I gave my notice at The Cupboard AND found a secluded studio in which to begin my Radical Sabbatical.  It is not so much a sabbatical as a major life transition to be a full time painter everyday all day. Instead of clocking in at The Cupboard on a daily basis, I will be clocking in at my studio and making a lot of work.  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!  This 'radical sabbatical' has been my secret (not so secret now) name for this transition I have been specifically planning for over the last few months.  Radical because it is going to take place during the busiest time of the year in retail, the fourth quarter, where I am usually working my hardest at selling housewares and going home to paint after.  Instead I will be painting, painting, and if someone else is interested in buying a painting, well that is just fine.  But I will be painting. And sabbatical because I have created the opportunity for a pause as I am shifting my sails.  I can focus on painting, ceasing to do other activities that distract from painting.  An opportunity to re-charge, reflect, assess, and oh, did I mention paint?