The Gift of Space

Sometimes the best gift is one you give yourself. 
Before the holidays I had an idea for a blog post of what to get the artist in your life.  I was thinking of luscious paints, beautiful papers, brushes… you get the idea.  But soon realized that what I really wanted was a break – from commitments, obligations and all the busyness of everyday.
Shadow Drawing
Gesso, charcoal, graphite aquarelle on paper
30″ x 22″

And that is just what I did this past Monday.  My family was out of town.  I cancelled plans. I did not drive anywhere and closed up my laptop.   I meditated, journaled, walked, listened to music, worked in my studio and watched a film.  The day was spacious. And just what I needed.

Artist Patricia Scarborough did post a lovely list on her blog with other worthwhile gift ideas that don’t come in a box- and are appreciated any time of year!

What gift have you given or plan on giving yourself this year?


  1. A.Kimberlin Blackburn
    December 31, 2011

    oh, that sounds heavenly Nanci. i hope to pick the day next week to do just that, thanks for the reminder! xox Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!!!, kimberlin

  2. Nanci Hersh
    January 1, 2012

    The same to you my friend, and I do hope that you do just that for yourself. May the new year bring good healthy, peace, prosperity and divine inspiration!

  3. Patty
    January 1, 2012

    Space, the perfect gift. Thanks for the mention, I look forward to a growing friendship!

  4. Donna Iona Drozda
    January 1, 2012

    Hi Nanci
    I come by way of Alyson Stanfield’s Blog and am sooo happy that I hopped over to see your wonderful work.

    I Love your ‘day of space’ post … your ‘Shadow Drawing’ is scrumptous.

    ~Happy New Year ~

    My gift… given to myself this year… is to paddle about in my kayak more often….as Water Rat says to Mole in ‘Wind in the Willows’…”There’s nothing-absolutely nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats.” …that and being in the studio ‘-)

  5. Nanci Hersh
    January 2, 2012

    @Patty… I look forward to having a new friend- in Nebraska (you may be the first person I know from there… maybe Karen Kunc the printmaker- do you know her?) Regardless, I have subscribed to your blog and hope that you will do the same.

    @Donna Iona Drozda… Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on my post. I went to yours as well, subscribed and can’t wait to sit down with a cup of tea and read your fabulous blog.


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