I have a lot of stories to tell about life in the last week. The flip side to having a week filled with stories is that it means I have to cram a week of work into 2 days to meet a deadline. It's worth it but most stories will have to wait.
One story that Pam and I told together is on canvas. It's a story about freedom and represents things in both of our lives that we've experienced in the last few years (or maybe in the last 40 years). It's a true collaboration from the concept to the painting and the gluing. Both of our hands and our lives were all over this piece. We did this for fun. There was no deadline attached to it. There were no rules, requirements, or the need to please anyone but ourselves. And I wanted to do this because I decided I wanted to be over my thing of not ever doing art for the joy of it simply because I was tired of making art all the time. I'd been saying no to the fun stuff more often than yes. Or maybe it stopped being fun because it was work. I'm still thinking on it. Pam was just the right artist and friend for this Freedom mission and I am so glad we had the chance to create (and express, and laugh, and story-tell) together. I keep looking at the art on my wall, smiling, and thinking Oh my Buddha, we totally made that together and it's on my wall! It's so great to have a souvenir of our friendship and our story, even though the details of our stories are different, the struggle and the goals are the same.
This was SO FUN! And, there were frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles, too. Actually, the cookie part was required.
*I think it would be only fair if I now go to Toronto and we make another piece together for Pam's wall. I think it's the Law Of Collaborations.
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