JOURNAL 2012

Home Studio: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New staircase to my lofty green retreat

 

Green Martydom 

“Ireland is unique in religious history for being the only land into which Christianity was introduced without bloodshed. There are no Irish martyrs… And this lack of martyrdom troubled the Irish, to whom a glorious death by violence presented such an exciting finale.. If all Ireland had received Christianity without a fight, the Irish would just have to think up some new form of martyrdom…

The Irish of the late fifth and early sixth centuries soon found a solution, which they called the Green Martyrdom, opposing it to the conventional Red Martyrdom by blood. The Green Martyrs were those who, leaving behind the comforts and pleasures of ordinary human society, retreated to the woods, or to a mountaintop, or to a lonely island… there to study the scriptures and commune with God.” (Cahill)

I think I will become a Green Martyr and retreat to my lofty green studio . . .

Progress continues on the attic expansion of the Ninth Wave Studio. I should be all moved in and functioning in the new space by December. This will allow the large front room on the second floor to become strictly a gallery space. Although I am open to renting it out as studio space to another artist.

New staircase

New staircase

Looking in from the kitchen area

Front area

Looking toward the back

Looking east

The exposed brick of the chimney