Brian Moss started out this morning with the devotion. He shared with us a poem by Wendell Berry that we all agreed spoke volumes about art “in the making.” It was refreshing to be still for a few moments with these words today; to let them sink in and become a prayer for our time creating, playing and resting together.
Poem by Wendell Berry
Willing to die,
you give up
your will, keep still
by what moves
all else, you move.
Everyone seemed to be productive and refreshed today. You really get a sense of how everyone’s art develops when you’re working in such close proximity. I’ll admit, I was a bit worried about this aspect of the residency (I tend to be pretty focused and intense in the studio, and don’t often INVITE critique and feedback during the art-making process). But one of my prayers has been to allow more room for humility and grace, and to invite and accept feedback in the most vulnerable moments of the creative process. So I started my morning (after devotions) with a healthy dose of feedback. I asked Ginger to listen as I explained my concepts, layout, and overall direction. She was thoughtful (and gracious) in her response. (Whew!)
As for progress I made today, I worked on another 3 panels and got them to a point where I could hang all 6 I’ve made up to this point – and begin to play with positioning…
The evening ended with Brian cooking us a SPLENDID meal. Sausage and rosemary risotto with roasted pear and gorgonzola salad and focacia bread. But wait – there was dessert too! Blueberry and pear pie. Mmmmm. Doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks Brian for blessing us all with the gift of food!
A few have pointed out that they would like to know more about the work of the other artists. Good idea. The summary on each artist given to patrons can be seen on Brian’s site here.
Below are some more pictures of progress today in the studio – and some from a walk Erik and I went on to discover beautiful Vancouver!