outflows and inflows of creativity

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Oh Wilmington

Went to Wilmington for the Labor Day holiday with my bestest buddy. It was wonderful to get away, although I didn't get any art done. I guess sometimes you just need to get away from the daily grind and do something completely different than what your normal self would do. My normal self will tend to stay up late sketching or writing, and get up early with this idea or that idea jostling around in my head for attention. My abnormal Wilmington self seemed to want to go to bed early and read Kerouac's On The Road, and sleep late the next AM. Kerouac has an energy about his writing that takes hold of you. I found myself abuzz with excitement and creative energy, just lying there reading.
Went to the old section, funny how every Southern town I've visited has one - and poked around a bit in an antiques store. Saw these neat old chairs that reminded me of my childhood, when I would visit my grandparent's house in the summer and we would sit outside under the shade tree, in chairs like these. Life was unhurried then, time marked by the lazy flapping at flies with a flyswatter.
Well, back to the current state of things - deadlines, art, and other everyday concerns. But thank heavens for beautiful old cities like Wilmington - where we can still go to be transported back to the past.


Tom Brown said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog, it's always appreciated. Wish you didn't live so far away and could make it to the opening of my solo show. I have a lot of very large paintings in this exhibit that can't really be shown properly on a computer screen because size and scale are part of their impact. Great work on your site, by the way. Keep up the good work.

Tom Brown

Mary said...

Your story about those old chairs brought back some wonderful memories just like yours of MY own Granny's house in the summer. We too would sit out under the old shade trees and swat flys in chairs like these. Hmmm, evokes emotion and memories: I think you need to do a painting of these old chairs!!!
Mary H

harriett said...

Tom, thanks for your sweet comment - I wish we were geographically closer too!
Mary, I am in the process of doing a painting of these chairs!! Stay tuned!!!!

Mary said...

OOh, I can't wait to see that painting!!! Be sure to notify me of its progress!!