“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
Dear Tina (& friends),
I am not sure I have the “right words” but I felt compelled to write after hearing about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Boston is so close geographically and I have visited often over the years. Seeing and hearing the stories of why people feel compelled to run this marathon and the training involved is awe-inspiring. I can just imagine how it would feel being there at the finish line, cheering for someone you knew running not just any race but that race. This time last year Brett & I were sitting in a bar downtown talking with parents whose son was running the race. They were SO PROUD! You having lived in Boston and being a runner must connect to this emotionally as well?
I heard the news last night driving home from the studio, I had called my sister and was in THE BEST MOOD after having a great day of painting. I casually asked her what she was up to and she said, “Trying not to watch the news.” My heart sank, What now?!?!? This is when she told me about the explosions in Boston. Going through a range of emotions I woke this morning and made a decision to choose optimism over hopelessness. My intention both in my artwork and in life is to do my best to see the good in the world. I believe most people are good. This tragedy will not alter this belief. It will make me go out of my way to be kinder, to do something nice for someone else, to smile extra bright & take action TODAY to let the people in my life know how much I care about them. It may seem like such a simple thing at such a tragic time but I believe this is when we need to express and share kindness even more. I believe through our actions, however large or small, collectively we can make a difference.
Today I choose LOVE because my heart could not bear it otherwise…xoLaura
Quotes and art are two of my favorite things and this video merges both beautifully. I was especially inspired to learn how Abraham Lincoln triumphed over so many obstacles. May inspiration & joy find you in the coming new year…xoLaura (& Tina too!)
View of Skipper's Dock where we had lunch and docked the boat. It was a bumpy ride over, but FUN!
Dear Friends, We sit on Laura’s back porch looking over our To-Do list and wishing we had just one more day to do it all. We seem to always have more ideas than we do time. Really, our favorite moments on visits like these are when we are in the studio creating artwork and dreaming up our next collaborative project. The business of selling our work, marketing what we do, making contacts for teaching and speaking engagements can really bog us down. We needed to remind ourselves today on the ride back from Laura’s studio that the business side is only a small piece to this important work we are doing together. Gently taking care of the wonderful friendship we have fostered over the past four years is our primary concern. Our friendship is what has allowed us to come this far in our work and continues to deepen and expand our practice as artist-teachers. We want to not only be better artists, but better people having known one another.
We are all lucky if we find one true friend in this life time. We are charting unknown territory as we travel along this road to making our work into a business and want to thank you all for coming along with us.
Shells and rocks Tina collected while we were at the beach at Pine Island
We have many posts to come in the next few weeks about all the business decisions, creative jumps, celebrations of completed work, and projects planned for this coming year. For now we will leave you with some pictures of our “play” time while in Connecticut.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin
Tina & Laura
Here we are getting ready to go shopping in the Borough after a lovely lunch
Studio work -> Tina working on our last page to the Book Exchange
Laura's turn to work on the Book Exchange...It is now complete and we will share more soon.
Pretty pink peonies in a NEW bubbly vase! This week the peonies are in bloom and have filled my home with their soulful, sweet, scent. They are another flower I used to grow at my NH cottage which would mesmerize me with their grand display of whimsy, ranging from the softest powder pink to shocking fuchsia. You can imagine my horror the first year I moved into the cottage to find an abundance of ants all over them! I was totally grossed out and afraid after waiting for them so long, they would be damaged, but soon learned how brilliant mother nature is. She provides the buds with a nectar the ants can’t resist and through their diligence the buds are eased open and are graced by their showy brilliance. Peonies were given the name “Shame or Bashfulness” as mischievous nymphs were said to hide in their petals. I love the stories and mythology behind flowers and can’t wait to discover more as my garden comes to life! Do you or any of our readers know any stories or myths about flowers?
Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she
indicates how much she loves us. - Wolfgang von Goethe
Vision 43 Tina
I took this photo while on a walk in downtown Charleston. I have a series of these photos I have taken on and off over the past decade. I am fascinated by how nature will always adapt and change what we make as humans. In particular I am always interested in how trees grow in and around fences, uproot sidewalks or house foundations, and slowly adapt to the growth imposed by humans around them. I wonder how we might learn a lesson from that.
I have been on several walks at the Bluff this week, always mindful of your Visionand the ebb and flow of the ocean surrounding me. The shoreline here is very rocky and even where you do find sand it is covered with shells. I was reminded of the shell series I did while at Goddard and my line of inquiry about “what lies above and below the surface of our lives”. If you were to take a look further out at the ocean on this particular day, you would have seen that the water wasn’t very clear. It made me think about how we each perceive the world. We can CHOOSE to see the beauty in the everyday or we can choose the muck. I always choose the beauty. I will leave you with a quote by Natalie Goldberg which seemed fitting in lieu of your recent post about her. xoLaura
“Original details are very ordinary, except to the mind that sees their extraordinariness.” ~Natalie Goldberg
ReVision 42 Tina
These two African Iris’ bloom one day and are gone. Similar to how you felt about your iris blooming, we were surprised to see this plant come back after such a harsh winter here (we had many frosts and it actually snowed in January which had not happened in 20 years). I always enjoy this plant’s momentary beauty in the garden. Momentary beauty…..isn’t it all just for the moment?