I met with the Advocate reporter and photographer yesterday as I walked around the the All Seasons Garden and shared the story and journey of "Whispers in the Trees". Luckily Brent had his tree tools and was able to recapture and place the tangled panels into their rightful placements and the sky was once again completed with graceful whispers. On Tuesday I met with the Community Connections adults for a quiet Listening walk in the nearby gardens. Neha is a beautiful, quiet young woman with deep piercing eyes, Tutti is a bright smile of sunshine and the last courageous man Louie used his walker to participate and not one mumble about difficulty in keeping up with the small group. The warmth of the sunshine, the sprinklers whirring in the morning, the songs of a pair of cardinals surrounded us. We sat down under the shade of the trees and experienced the various fragrances of the blooming flowers and grasses. We then returned to the studio and played with watercolors to capture their impressions of the colors and images they had just seen. I loved witnessing the power of their sacred marks touching and recording on the white watercolor papers. Each person comes equipped with their own visual voice and for a moment in time I was there to share the power of making Art.
I am having some difficulty getting back to my old schedule and writing each day. I am still working ...but the patterns and rhythms have to be brought into a new appreciation. I was very spoiled by the quiet of my days in the lager space and quiet in the Dawes studio and my downtown Whispers and Echoes Studio is out in the very public arena of life in The Works community. I know in time the days will return to a normalcy and I can get my senses coordinated for success. I am slowly beginning to put my work tables and supplies back into some semblance of order. I hope the rains will return soon...we are struggling with the heat and drought...the farmers are struggling with their fields and poor crops. Imagine and live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart