Monday, November 13, 2006
A Holiday of Thankfulness
As the chilly north wind carries away the remaining leaves from the trees and the days grow short, I find myself pondering over the forthcoming Thanksgiving holiday. There are so many wonderful people and special moments in my life for which I am grateful. One very special relationship I have is my friendship with artist Julie Madsen.
Julie and I met over six years ago at the very first Artfest. We became acquainted with each other during meal time when we shared a table. Ever since our meeting, Julie and I have always made a point to reconnect every year during this retreat. And, as our friendship has grown, we have been able to continue to stay in contact via email throughout the year.
During the summer, I happened to be browsing a particular blog out on the web. The artist, whose blog I was reading, was recalling her contribution in a collaborative in which she was involved. A collaborative was something I had also wanted be a part of, but had not had an opportunity. After giving it some thought, I approached my dear friend and asked if she might like to participate. It would be an initmate collaboration between just the two of us. And, she kindly accepted my offer.
So in early August, Julie and I started our adventure. We each constructed journals from vintage photo albums and currently exchange them twice a month.
Although I enjoy participating, there have been times in the hurry scurry of preparing for an upcoming event, or trying to meet a looming deadline, or even having my mind just cluttered with thoughts of the everyday to-do's that I have felt gulity spending time to play. But working on my page amidst our past artistic efforts has been very therapeutic. These albums have provided opportunities for me to stop... slow down... explore.... try a new idea, and dream. The artwork created becomes a captured moment of my inner self, and reveals glimpses of a life that is passing by so quickly.
This collaboration has been a most cherished experience. Everytime I work in one of our books, I realize more and more how precious my dear friend is, and how special these creative moments are to me.