The inspiring painting from Chad Robertson's Tartine Bread. Les Canotiers de la Meurthe, by Emile Friant, 1888.
I've been thinking a little bit about art lately, about art and how good art tells or evokes a compelling story. In film, songwriting, painting, poetry, or any other medium I can think of, technical mastery counts for a lot, but truly memorable pieces always create a powerful or meaning narrative. Which has got me thinking, are the things that I make compelling? Am I making a utilitarian loaf, or an evocative one? I think I know the answer to that one, which means I need to get to get back to work.
But first, Some Important Bits.
Those of you who check in on the website regularly have probably noticed that my blogging activity has become non-existent over the last few months. A few other important hobbies and habits have also taken a back seat in favor of spending more and more time at work. This trend has been discouraging, so I've been searching for ways to reach a more sustainable, rewarding work/life balance. I took on some helpers, and I brought in some more equipment, but things generally haven't gotten easier, they've just gotten less fun. So with the big picture in mind, thinking about how I can happily make better and better bread for many years yet to come, I've decided to make some changes. In brief: I'm taking some time off to attend some weddings (I'll be out of town from the 2nd until the 11th), and when I get back I'll be baking only twice a week -- Wednesdays and Saturdays.
I plan to flesh out the specific changes in more detail over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for your patience and understanding.