Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fare Thee Well...

The Flow Burns Strongest In Gaps
Jennifer G Cutshall
This last day of the Portland Open Studios was bittersweet. It was sweet to have so many artists and art lovers visit the studio, but I was sad that it was coming to an end.

I was filled with inspiration as visitors shared their musings and insights.  Portland is filled with creative, talented people and this showed up even more today as the studio filled with open, generous folks.  I am always surprised by the level of interest in the work, too.

A trio of young creatives (Eilish, Jessica, and TJ) pampered me with attention and interest.  They asked about the my process and the meaning behind the pieces.  When I started to explain how the above piece speaks to the chances we are given while we are in an in between phase (in between jobs, moves, marriages etc.)..that it's in these gaps, so to speak, where the greatest art is created and when we are closest to the flow (the creative flow)...

Jessica, quoted a line from Wendell Berry's poem, "The Real Work"
       "...the impeded stream is the one that sings."

I instantly felt so lucky to be among kindred spirits!

Fare thee well Portland Open Studios 2012...
we're in the gap until 2013...
our chance to make streams sing...
the real work begins again.

"It Lives and Dies In Cerrillos"
by Jennifer G Cutshall
(now @ Art On the Ridge in Setatle)

Posted by Jennifer G Cutshall

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