Thursday, May 17, 2007

I met an artist the other day...

"April"
I met an artist the other day, she spoke of form and shape and work, of materials, of things and she listened to me. I spoke of how I was no longer playing with form and light and ideas but was trying to work collectively on many ideas. She listened and then she began to encourage and I felt thrilled by her thrill. She understood what we were doing in a way that my old painting professor may have. Somehow her approval means a lot to me. It bouys me and gives me energy.

Below is a portrait of my shadow. The house is the front of a wonderful gallery that is just outside of Young in N.S.W. A friend and I made a road trip last weekend with our kids and drove 8 hours from Melbourne. A Mother's Day getaway.
What fun we had and what wonderful people we encountered!

Annabel Wallace Gallery.

5 comments:

Ms Melancholy said...

She listened and then she began to encourage and I felt thrilled by her thrill. She understood what we were doing in a way that my old painting professor may have. Somehow her approval means a lot to me. It bouys me and gives me energy.

I love these words. You tell us how important the relationship is, and how important it is to see ourselves in the other. Sometimes we learn about ourselves by seeing ourselves reflected back by the other. You have made me think about this a lot. Lovely.

austin said...

Hi ms m,
It is lovely, too, when it is such an unexpected encounter and a surprise feeling. I am very glad I made that little journey!

I'm enjoying your posts about the complexities of empathy and feeling for the other, without letting the judging self get in the way. I understand your points but I admire the way you are putting that into practice through your work and sharing that knowledge in your blog.

Ms Melancholy said...

Thanks for that Austin. I genuinely appreciate it!

xxx

scout said...

oh it's so nice to have people who can inspire!!!! and the great part is you can do that for someone else....life's circle, gotta love it!

austin said...

hiya Scout,
gotta love you too for dropping by,
I'm glad the cyber gates are open now
hope all is well!
austinx