From my earliest memories I have always wanted to be an artist. The lifelong aspiration was not simply to make art or sell art, I wanted to be an artist. The depth of this "being an artist" constantly spills over into daily life -- and positively overflows with anticipation of a shared experience with family and friends. Witness the Thanksgiving table above as this year's display of artistic expression.
Every year I look forward to reinventing my Thanksgiving table as an extension of being an artist. This year the table color scheme was persimmon red, black and gold.
Company is invited for a late afternoon gathering so that the natural lighting has the golden glazing hues of fall. For me, the light coming through the windows is as important as the lighting in a painting. Experiencing the light, the decorative arrangements, the food, and friends all resolve to the point that so much of life's activities can be artistic experiences.
Thanksgiving is such a profound holiday in its simplicity of acknowledging what we are thankful for. The commercial and/or religious aspects are secondary to the idea of spending time with friends and family together.
As we slide into the merchandising marathon for the remainder of the year, I relish the golden tones of artistic expression without selling anything.
This post was updated on December 13th, 2021.
Below are past Thanksgiving Tables.