Today’s Creative People interview is near and dear to me. When I moved to the country a handful of years ago, I left behind the vibrant arts community I’d been a part of for over a decade. While my new community is filled with plenty of wonderful people, artists are few and far between. When I met Chris Rhodes, I secretly cheered.[Read more…] about Creative People: Chris Rhodes
Trees Grow Down
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Not long ago I learned the term “punctuated equilibrium”. It’s a theory that originated in biology and spread to other fields. It refers to the notion that, rather than being gradual or incremental, change tends to occur in bursts after long periods of stasis. This is how we can have massive biological, cultural, or technological shifts like the Neolithic Era, the Renaissance, or the Industrial Revolution. They seemed like a massive upheaval at the time, and they were – but they were preceded by an undercurrent of energy bubbling away beneath the surface. That initial work wasn’t always visible, but it’s what made such massive leaps possible.
It’s been a hard week. My soul aches. My emotions are spent. My body feels hollow inside. Like many people, I’ve been struggling with what to say or do. What not to do. The right way to say I stand with you, sit with you, support you, grieve with you.
But there is no wrong way to grieve.
I know there is work to be done. The days ahead will be there for the doing. But not today. Today I grieve – in the way that feels right for me. A moment of sadness, a moment of silence. No words this week except these.
Dan Landau and I crossed paths a number of years ago online, sharing a common interest in map-inspired artwork (his in paper and mine in metal). Since then we’ve shared corporate clients as well. I asked him to talk about how his creative work has changed in the past few months, admittedly expecting him to mention the drying up of commission work and other art-related experiences that we surely share.
Instead, he told a much deeper story – one of imagination and wonder, and of un-learning everything he thought he knew.
I hope you enjoy.[Read more…] about Creative People: Dan Landau
I saw a hummingbird dance this morning. A slight emerald girl bursting with excitement. She visits our feeder every day. We’re a few weeks from when the tasty flowers bloom – the hollyhocks, the oregano, the sage blossoms. The lilacs are just starting to think about opening, unlike 15 minutes south of us where they’re being harvested by the fistful.[Read more…] about Hummingbird
I recently wrote about Venn diagrams, and Lorene Edwards Forkner is a perfect example. Her creative world lies at the intersection of her gardening, writing, and artistic passions. At various points in her professional life she has owned a nursery, been the editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine, and she currently writes a weekly column for the Seattle Times called GROW. And for the past couple of years she has been cultivating a daily watercolor practice inspired by the natural world around her.[Read more…] about Lorene Edwards Forkner