Hitch Your Wagon to a Lucky Star

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I am just returned, although I think I left my heart in Texas, at least for a little while.  It needs to soak up all that love and deep learning that showed up at Lucky Star Art Camp. I still need time to process all that moved me and that will take quite a while, but the immediate loves are present.

A woman with a dream, Lisa Hamlyn Field.  A shining ***star*** in her own right.  A smile that never stops and a gift for weaving community.  A full time Mom, a full time job, a full time life, family love, gardening, creating, smiling, dancing, singing, planning, storytelling, never sleeping,  … a life overflowing with joy.  Her dream became our dream. Her enthusiasm we all shared, her sweet singing a gift we got to witness…Her vision became our vision too because she lived it each moment we were together.  Thank you Lisa for creating space for other dreams to awaken, for brave women to hitch their wagons, wherever they were going, to your Lucky Star.

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The place, Camp Waldemar, thrown back into another time(off the grid, firmly planted in the here and now).  A magical river lined with cypress trees teeming with turtles and birds and big, old black girl lab reaching for her own star in the form of a 6 foot long stick from the river.  Limestone and bark, rustic and cozy, huge scaled building befitting the ever expanding blue of the Texas sky.  God’s country as they say.

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Magical women.  Each with gifts to give which I feel like I received in abundance.  Each of us vulnerable and wanting to experience whatever spirit brought forth.  I felt truly blessed and grateful to each of my students for sharing themselves, being willing to dive in feet first not knowing how deep that river was and with no safety net.  Women who meditated with me and allowed themselves to really open to their creativity with their own voices.  Sometimes smiling, sometimes, crying, sometimes in awe of what they discovered about themselves and shared with each other. A classroom outside, plien air, by the river so the sound of water as it sluiced through the dam treated us all day long.

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Embracing the critic…Frances opened some new doors and kicked that Stuckness to pasture.

IMG_9914Exploring color and play..Maeve made the most perfect painting with her children’s art she collaged in later to make a family tree…

IMG_9915Making, making, making..Gail got going and never stopped.

IMG_9943Layering and moving mood with color Melissa happily embraced the unexpected.

IMG_9941Playing with multiple materials…Leslie got some rocking stencil action going with a big fat black marker, loved it…

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Aleli who came with just a simple lunch box of materials and made such beautiful journal pages.

 

Old friends and new friends

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New friends Aleli, Kit, standing(getting over structure), Janet whose fabulous views on meditation really stirred me, Kelly with gorgeous gelli printed hand made journal.

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Kaye(Lisa’s Mom) and long time friend Michele looking as beautiful as their spirits…Such stories and complete joy in their friendship…..

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Diane, giver of stories and full of emotion and sweetness and so many more I haven’t got photos of.  Each of these women gave me gifts that I am still taking in and the pleasure that comes from teaching with intense presence and vulnerability of my own.

I am already spinning out wishes into the universe for next year, early November when I will return for the 2nd Lucky Star Art Camp, but the big picture and small moments remain to fill my days until then.

 

 

Comments

  1. Beautiful post Corrine, so glad that you were filled as you were helping others to fill up.

  2. Looks amazing…and what a creative bunch of women. Love that Aleli can carry her materials in a lunch box. I seem to carry a car full of stuff to workshops, and NEVER produce anything like her lovely work.

  3. Beauty appears in each of these memorable photographs, and in your words. Lucky star/magical star. So glad it was all and more than you imagined. Plus gorgeous weather!

  4. Welcome home!!! How can you not have such a wonderful time at this beautiful place. Your weather looked beautiful for outdoor creativity. Sounds like a dream.

  5. Amazing post Corrine, what a glorious experience for you all. Thank-you sooooooooooo much for sharing this, I have a cheshire cat grin right now tee hee.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  6. What a wonderful creative time for you all x

  7. What amazing women! Love their creations and their spirit! :)

  8. Wow Corrine!!Looks like you had a wonderful time!!!!
    Welcome home! Its been far too quiet around here! :) Hugs! deb

  9. Oh how great for you Corrine, looks and sounds like a very special time to have shared with kindred souls!

  10. Sounds fabulous and intimate, Corrine. What a perfect combo.
    Enjoy the well-deserved glow !

    Ps : how was the travel from New England ?

  11. This post was so full of gratitude, energy and amazement! Perhaps, now, you will “get” how much you inspire others, even at a chance meeting! I am thrilled that you so obviously had such a grand time! The fact that you are already invited back just confirms that your students did, too! You have all been blessed and are, indeed, living under a “lucky star.”

  12. It fills my heart and soul to read these words, Corrine. I felt so connected to that place and everyone in it – you especially. Thank you for guiding and lifting us up – you are a treasure!!!!!

  13. A win/win for sure! What a beautiful experience and thank you so much for sharing this with us. xxoo

  14. what a lovely place for creating great pictures! so glad you enjoyed the adventure!

  15. What a perfect post with perfect photos for a perfect time in Texas. Bless you!

  16. Looks like such a marvelous time with marvelous people. I have enjoyed all your pics from your trip. I hope you bask in the warmth of your experience for a long long time! xo

  17. What a wonderful space to be creative. No wonder you’ve left your heart there for a while!

  18. Nancy Lee says:

    The area is so pretty, relaxing and the people look so HAPPY!
    Each with their colors and energy of creating good “stuff”!

  19. What a retreat! The sunshine, the setting, the creativity, the energy! Lucky Star is lucky to have you!

  20. wow – what an amazing experience! I’m sure you will be living its effects for many many weeks/months to come!

  21. Well your story of this adventure is pure inspiration. Hearing little pieces of these women’s experiences really touched me. Thanks for sharing so openly.

  22. oh, what a gorgeous setting for what looks like an amazing experience for everyone involved.

  23. I can feel the good vibes from these happy faces. So special. And being outside with the sound of the water while creating must’ve been a total joy.

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