reflections on studio collaboration (Tina)

feet on the edge

Dear Laura,

This photo seemed like a great one to post as I write to you.  Yes, our walk on the beach together as the moon came up over the horizon in its changing golden hues was a touch of magic.  The ocean water in October is always delightfully warm as the air starts to cool off.  I have only taken a few of those moon lit walks over the years since I have lived here, but each time is inspiring.
Clearly, we are not at a loss for ideas and inspiration.  That was very funny how when I picked you up at the airport we started talking just like we had been in the middle of a conversation over the last eight months.  I suppose we have been in conversation over the phone, through email, and within our artwork in our collaborative book as well as the Vision/ReVision project.
I am also grateful for our decision to become collaborative partners.  It is your positive and thoughtful presence that always turns around any cynicism I find creeping into my thoughts.  You are always there to teach me to seek and follow my inner compass.  It is this inner voice that I am always trying to put in the driver’s seat, but sometimes can get pushed out by life’s demands and circumstances.  Staying centered on our work together for three solid days was a wonderful experience of being present to this inner compass.  Yes, our artwork did not end up as I had envisioned it (it is better!), but I suppose you can never really plan on the end result of an art piece if the focus is on the present moment rather than the past or future.  Our experience comes back to when we were reading Stephen Nachmanovitch’s book Free Play.  His thoughts about creativity and improvisation certainly are a major thread in our work together, but I also see this as a major thread for anyone looking to live a full, joyful life.   This is a quote from his website (see link above) about the book:

“This book is about the whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.”

This is one book I am always returning to and still finding inspiration.

As we were brainstorming for our next studio collaboration (I will come to your studio next time:) we had numerous ideas about what to do before we come together to make the process easier.  I am wondering if we should keep these ideas minimal so that we can be open to the improvisation and present thoughts we have when we come together.  I believe that this is where the magic exists in our collaboration.  It takes longer and is more challenging but I am thinking that this is the source of great work together.  I believe our twelve pieces of art are testaments to this source.

Looking forward to more work together in the future!  Love, Tina

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