Studio work is somewhat on hold, rudely interrupted by breast cancer. I am still me, still feeling good, even after surgery 10 days ago. Climbed up two very steep trails in the last few days. I feel calm and centered and strong. Years of working in my sanctuary of a studio in the company of the artist’s voice and the miracle we call music and the gift of being outdoors daily, in such a beautiful place, have helped me deal with this. Not to mention my huge, big-hearted, extended family and much cherished friends.
Making art is still my focus – not disease. Every fellow artist that I am privileged to know, also is committed to making their own lives a work of art…and this includes everything we open our hearts to or that finds us. This cancer thing is not a wake-up call…how can anyone function as an artist and not be awake and paying attention. At NCECA last month, my friend, Vicky Hansen quoted these lines to me: Everything is connected. Everything Changes. Pay attention. (Jane Hirschfield)
I am paying attention.
More to follow.