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When we formed Mandala Design Works (MDW) we were a circle of friends – four artists living and working in the town of Delaware Water Gap. Our lives and our art were intertwined.
This collective was an extension of all that.
Now four years later much has changed and MDW is dissolving.
Since a circle truly has no beginning and no end, that is true for our circle as well. We want to thank you for all the support and love you have given us and invite you to follow our next individual adventures.
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This is the third Spring that we have lived in this house, the third Spring that I have seen the clematis in bloom, and the third Spring that I am getting to watch it engulf more and more of the house. There is something so spectacular about this expanse of pink spreading out over the porch on the main floor and spreading up to the small deck that is off our second floor bedroom. It almost takes my breath away. And each year I eagerly wait for it because for me, it signifies the true beginning of the abundance of green and color that is yet to come. I means that it’s time to wake up!
As time goes by, I am getting more and more in rhythm with this property that we are renting. I know what to expect now that the daffodils and tulips are gone. The lilacs are already in bloom. The heather kept blooming throughout the winter. Soon there will be irises, another happy moment. It is the rhythm of Spring and the awakening of my body and my brain. I await the lilies and the peonies and the hollyhocks as the prospect of summer entices me on these lovely sunny days.
I create in the early evening while it is still light out, and my back tells me that I’ve done enough gardening for the day. Then I can be in my studio and allow the experiences of the day to inform what I paint or what I weave or what I draw or what I read. All one.
Still a bit cool, especially at night. I move in that rhythm as well. The cool evenings invite soup or stews or casseroles, and some red wine. I allow myself to rest and am delighted that I can sleep with a down comforter on these cool nights.
The mornings are for greeting the day and the clematis!!
Have you seen this yet? And if you have, have you watched it more than once? I swear it is that good. So watch it once or ten times and if you are anywhere near Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA on May 19th at 5:30pm , then please show up and Dance Walk with me! (you are invited to wear black and bring sunglasses!)
This is what the studio looked like just before I left for Pennsylvania in early April. There were lots of projects in process. Paintings, drawings, baskets, painted magnets. It was messy and lively. It felt so good to be in there. I was content.
Today it felt a little abandoned. It needs a good cleaning. It wants attention. I need to reestablish contact with all those projects. I need to reset my priority to be in there. I always have great plans to float right back into painting as soon as I get back home. I have so many ideas.
And then I’m always a little more tired, a lot less creative, and more behind with other stuff than I bargained for.
“I’ve got your back” feels like the kind of thing you want to hear a friend say before you try something that scares the pants off of you, or have a partner whisper to you before you drift off to sleep. I have always wanted to be that kind of a person for my family and friends; the kind that makes them feel supported, protected, and safe. I have succeed often and I have failed many times as well. I have made some people feel supported and others smothered. I have protected long held friendships and I have hurt people who have trusted me completely. I have scared just as many people as I have comforted. This is just simply the truth without sugar coating or making myself look better than I really am.
These days I am watching my rescue dog, Scout for wisdom and insight. He seems to have a handle on what it takes to actually “have someone’s back”. He gets it. It seems very basic, real, and easy: get close, wrap up, breathe deep, and stay put.