Sunday, August 7, 2016

Going to Camp

I listened to myself telling a new friend this morning that I'll be going to camp (camp!) soon (in only 14 days!!!).

I got talking about camp. About how camp is a place where my life simplifies. Slows down. A place where I pause and take stock in the most organic of ways. A place where I breathe. Where my world is green, blue, and white. Is fresh air, lake water, and stars.

I realized, I need to go to camp right now.

So that's what I'm going to do.

I'm going to simplify and slow down.

Now.

Here.

What does that mean? It means some days I'll paint and some days I won't. Some days I'll post on my blog. Other days not.

Off to camp!

work in progress




10 comments:

  1. I feel like you've sent a breath of your camp experience with this work in progress - to me here in Vermont. I love the natural, organic, and free qualities in your work and feel like I am looking deeply at something I never noticed before. The color and lines are already so rich...I'll be interested in following your thinking as you work and discover when you are done. It is already spectacular. And the process you share as you create is a delight, particularly for someone like me who has little ability but great appreciation in these areas.

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    1. Carolyn, thanks! LOVE that you feel like you are looking deeply at something you never noticed before—something I'm assuming you can't name and don't need to. Don't know if my assumption matches your experience or not, but I think that wordless deep noticing is what draws me to abstract work and keeps me playing there. Thanks for your encouragement and enthusiasm.

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    2. I'm a for going to camp whenever needed or wanted. Enjoy.

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    3. Hi, Ann. Sometimes painting IS my way of going to camp. Sometimes going to camp means turning my attention to something other than painting. But remembering to "go to camp" is always good!

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  2. Camp!? How fun, Dotty.....This is so cool already. Traveling, merging, wandering lines. Not knowing the destination yet. I hope camp brings you fun and peace, and inspiration. Looking forward to hearing about it!

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    1. Camp is THE BEST! I'll be there with daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters, in addition to many friends, some of whom I first met when I was at camp with them in my teens. This work in progress continues to move slowly. Hasn't changed much since I posted. Could be nearly done. Stay tuned!

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  3. I can't wait to see what you create as a result of being at camp, either through paint or words or both. Camp Takodah is the very essence of you!

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    1. Thanks, Joje! I, too, am curious to see what I create as a result of going to camp! I plan to bring just a few simple materials for the week that I'm actually AT camp.

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  4. Sounds like fun... for you, and for your readers as well :) Enjoy! Love how this is developing :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. Metaphorically "going to camp" and—soon!—literally going to camp are just what I need right now. Thanks for input on this developing piece.

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