|PACKING UP DRAW 4 DAYS|
"Draw 4 Days" is winding down. Yesterday, most artists packed up their tools and media, crated tables and supplies out to cars, and bid farewell until the reception tonight at the Further Polycontemporary from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. How absolutely wonderful these shared days of drawing and painting have been!
For some of us involved in the WCAGA drawing marathon, finishing up our images is on the agenda until 1:00. Then all drawing must stop in order to prepare for the reception! Please come and celebrate with us and see our the results of our marathoning!
As I continue to reflect on what has occurred for me in the past few days during "Draw 4 Days," I am so deeply thankful for an organization like WCAGA and the democracy of its members. We are all equals even though we have different levels of training and experience in our artmaking repertoires. There are several themes I would like to celebrate today: telling stories about our images, talking and listening to other artists, artmaking as prayer and meditation, and transformation.
PRAYER AND MEDITATION
To watch an engaged artist contemplating their work is transfixing. What are they thinking? What will they do next? Is there love present? Or the opposite...dissatisfaction? What courage it takes to progress through the unknown of creating a work! Oh to see an artist in action!
|MEDITATION. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|PRAYERFUL WORK. (photos by Hallelujah Truth)|
During "Draw 4 Days," I heard the crafting of several stories concerning artists' work. In my special corner of the Further Polycontemporary Gallery, I heard my neighbors repeat explanations of their work each time another artist came by to inquire or guests asked questions. As the days progressed, the stories were told with more efficiency and skill--they became even more powerful than the first time I heard them. I noticed that my own "creation story" became clearer and more confident each time I told it. Experimenting with content, I provided different explanations, edited some things out altogether, and felt happier with my oral account of my images.
|LISTENERS. (photos by Hallelujah Truth)|
In conclusion? Transformation has occurred in my SOUL, in my CORE, and in my community! I have connected, created, and communicated. Listening and being listened to are transformative acts! I thank all the dear sweet artists I worked and played with this past week. You have given me the gift of an extended community. Many of you have validated my experience as an artist and urged me along my path. Thank you a million times over!
|TRANSFORMATION TAKING BABY STEPS. What does it mean for me to integrate my animus figure with my Hallelujah self? I don't know. But it is fun asking, "What if?"! (art by Hallelujah Truth)|
|GREAT EXPERIENCE. How fun to spend days making art with my buddy Callahan next to me! (photo by Loretta Paraguassu)|
|NEW FRIENDSHIPS FORGED. What a fun discovery it was to meet Loretta Paraguassu! I know that we have a future collaborating on something. I just know it! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|