Spread 213 – Open Ended Materials July 1, 2013Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
Last Friday as I was gathering my materials needed to attend Katie Kendrick’s painting workshop, I came upon a poem by Patricia Lynn Reilly, a poem which set up the emotional tone for the much anticipated weekend. Word blends like these moved me so: “Imagine a woman who has walked through her past. Who has healed into the present,” “A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life,” “Imagine a woman who authors her own life. Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life” “Imagine a woman who…honors her changing body. Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life,” “Imagine a woman who values the women in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.” The poem ends with: “Imagine yourself as this woman.” So I printed the poem and was determined to believe that I am that woman throughout the time of Katie’s gentle guidance. It was magical. It allowed me to be fully open like a flower, and allow myself to receive everything that Katie had to give me. To be sitting in a circle of individuals and feel connected without boundaries, allowing myself to receive from them as well. And receiving I got. Plentifulness. Renewal and newness: newness of materials, methods, manners, and means to create. A realization that I need to award myself such experiences once in a while, and have them not too far apart.