Time Doesn’t Stand Still, We Do

So long since I have wrtten here, but I cannot feel bad about that for I have definitely not been standing still.  I have been moving doing so many things that I love.  This past weekend has been remarkable.  I was able to spend many hours of my week in and amongst some of the most amazing people in this regional art world.  The Polasek Museum (www.polasek.org) hosted a Paint Out.  Artists spent the week painting throughout our community.  The event is so well organized for the artists and the patrons to mingle and really get to know each other.  We had so much fun watching the art being created, talking to the artists about their vision and yes, even buying a few fabulous pieces that really light up our home.  I’m a little sad the event is over.  If you are local, please stop by the museum because the paintings are available for purchase for another two weeks.  You will not be disappointed.

In addition to such a wonderful event, we are trying to get a bathroom finished and every step along the way there has been a slight glitch.  Nothing we haven’t been able to overcome, but it is sure slowing down the process.  We wanted the bathroom to be extra special for our visitors, but so far, that has not been the case.  We have a while yet before our second set of children arrive, so we are hopeful…..

I have also been working on actually painting one of my touch drawings.  I am inspired by my good friend Lori, for it calls to me with her voice.  I will post it at some time and hopefully it will do her spirit justice.  (She doesn’t know this – SURPRISE MERMIE!)

Now off to enjoy the rest of a spectacular weekend. 

Whatever you do, MOVE.  Don’t stand still because life will surely pass you by.


Touch Drawing

Last weekend I was blessed to attend a Touch Drawing workshop with Deborah Koff-Chapin.

I started the day a bit agitated.  We arrived later than anticipated, all the good seats were taken, and on and on and on…..just the little things in life that always want to drag you down.  I watched the demonstration that Deborah did and I was skeptical given my state of agitation that anything would come of my drawings.  Imagine my dismay when my first drawing did not even show up on the paper!

As time progressed and I allowed my breathing to slow and my heartbeat to beat more rhythmically, I was amazed at the process.  I was amazed at how my mind, my heart and my soul seemed to respond.  I went through a number of emotions on this day.  I peeled off drawing after drawing, placing them in a pile on the floor.  One caught me eye and I found it somewhat disturbing.  I had a hard time shaking the image from my mind.

I realized at point this drawing would be so valuable to the at-risk students that I teach.  The value of letting go with no judgement is so powerful.  It was then I knew I needed to take the steps to learn to facilitate this process.  I thank Deborah from the bottom of my heart for showing me a way to see things differently.  For showing me the value of mediation.  I will be forever grateful.

By the afternoon, I knew I was letting go of pent-up anger and frustration.  Still, many of the drawings meant little to me on that day.  It wasn’t until I came home and looked at them in a different environment, with different feelings, that I could see they told a story.

I have not photographed my morning sessions yet, but that will come.  I know Touch Drawing is now a part of my life.  A very, very good part of my life.

To learn more, visit the Center for Touch Drawing.