The other day my artist friend Abbie posted this article. I found it so inspiring! Seeing the greats painting drafts and drafts and drafts of their work, and using models and studying color schemes and lighting…it made me want to get to work! Perhaps the paintings I have in my head are just a few more drafts away! I was talking about this at Writers Group and I turned to Rachel and said, “Your hair would be perfect for a fairy! Can I use you as a model?” So she posed for me. (She really does have amazing hair, doesn’t she?) Today I played around with sketching her hair and her face. I have to admit the following was my second page after many blunders! I studied moth wings and the Woolly Bear Caterpillar, and used a photo of Joey and I in the Quad sitting in a tree for the body. The final (for now) photo I have at the top is my color study, but I will need to study leaves and lighting and so much more before I have it just the way I would want it for my book. But I am encouraged…such results with allowing yourself to process! I can say the same for my writing, and for relationships, and for gardening…patience and practice make close to perfect!
I have to say I am feeling so incredibly fortunate to have the Kindreds (as we call ourselves) as friends. I joined the group a little over a year ago and it’s as if I had life long friends transplanted into my life. This week I went over to Rachel’s to (barely) help her garden at The Birch Path. I got to snuggle her puppy Watson, shovel manure, and terrorize her chickens…We went for a walk in her “One Acre Wood”. She told me she had a flower in the forest she didn’t recognize and wondered if I knew what it was. It was my favorite flower when I was a little girl! Trillium. It’s like a “trinity” plant because it has three petals and three leaves. I would play in the ravine across the street from our house and find one or two of the rare plant every spring.
Well Rachel had a whole little meadow! It was long and skinny and looked like a shaft of precious mineral waiting to be tapped. I had this strange feeling that it was a sign from God that something really wonderful was going to happen for our group this week. I was telling Joey this on Friday and she said she just happened to be on a writing retreat she hadn’t told us about…and that weekend she edited and wrote 17,000 words! Then I was telling Stephanie the same thing at group last night and she said she wrote 18,000 words while she was on a writing retreat last week! And I was able to work through 70 pages of my edits which is almost halfway through. And Rachel got her whole vegetable patch sorted and planted, and all of her herb seeds sprouted. It just felt like such a confirmation. Beautiful, magical things will bloom from the seeds we’ve sown.
I was reading about a Finnish myth while I was working about a fern flower that only blooms on Midsummer’s Eve. If you pick it, you are whisked away to the Will-o-wisp’s treasure. I really believe that’s what happened to us! (Though you should never pick Trillium, it kills the entire plant :)And the best treasure is sharing our lives and stories with each other.