Peter O’Toole is reported to say that he lost his faith in God when he came to realize that prayer was a matter of his talking to himself. (Later I heard him say something like this as a character in a movie. Never mind.) The difference here is that I know I’m talking to myself and have agreed to continue this futility after a three-year hiatus. Why, I’m not sure. The website has been redone at some expense and effort, so it seems like a reasonable thing to do.
In the past three years, some significant things have happened. Where my art is concerned, I had the pleasure of learning encaustic at Arrowmont (in Gatlinburg) and later working with Jonathan Talbot, America’s premier collage artist. He holds workshops in his studio – as well as in particular cities. We had him for two days at the Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, and could have kidnapped him! He gave me plenty of personal attention and advice; and, as a result, I received a Regional Artist grant through our Burke County Arts Council. And that has kept me busy.
The grant was for “Twenty Variations on a Theme,” the theme being a collage that Jonathan critiqued last summer. (You can find it on the website as “Whispered Mesage.”) I have completed 18 of the 20, and I’m reasonable happy with most of them. They will be shown October 7th-November 1st at the Arts Council.
Personally, I have had and dismissed cancer, and I ponder this frequently. About this chapter in my life, I don’t know what to say.