BEING TWO and THE FOUR MUSES
I cherish all my Happy Places —moments spent at my easel, in my gardens or on my mat in Holly Royster’s yoga class; face-timing with my family; a window table with a latte at Mother Road Coffee and afternoon phone calls with my best Arkansas friend, Mary.
Having more than one go-to Happy Place is a good idea! Another favorite Happy Place for me is hanging with sweet Sophie.
During my quick flight from Joplin to Dallas, I ponder children and the child-like Muses that frolic within me. When I strap into my seat belt at DFW, I pull out my sketchbook and my four, sometimes slacker Muses immediately show up and begin to dance my pencil across the page. Like the two year old at the end of my journey, my Muses like to run the show! They draw, draw, draw and delight in their likenesses that emerge as they sketch non-stop all the way to touch down in Newark.
I’ve wanted to play with this musing quartet ever since early spring. That’s when artCentral’s Great Wall got white washed at the beginning of our RETROforward! 30th Anniversary celebration. As six other Great Wall artists (Andrew Batcheller, Cheryl Church, April Davis, Annabelle Fuhr, Helen Kunze and Brenda Sageng) enthusiastically got started on their portions, my Muses (Innocence, Instinct, Intuition and Imagination), like drama-prone, obstinate two-year olds, went on strike and refused to creatively cooperate.
While for winter and spring I kept my head inside my computer putting in place the nuts and bolts of artCentral’s in-house operations, my Muses metaphorically stomped their feet and would not play or paint or party. All they did was whine and pout. Apparently my Muses aren’t big fans of crunching numbers, attending meetings, fielding phone calls, answering emails and most of the daily office duties that come with artCentral’s Director’s chair.
Today these four are obviously feeling better, creating our newest go-to Happy Place, nodding to Chagall, Keith Haring and the diminutive Toulouse Lautrec, as they use our inflight sketches to paint on the Great Wall.
Some walls are for wailing. Some are for making good neighbors. artCentral’s Great Wall is for being a Happy Place and experiencing the joy of collaborative creativity. Come see for yourself when the Great Wall is unveiled this Friday, June 12th at artCentral’s Annual Membership Exhibition and Picnic.