FF Chapter 4 -- Grateful for Collaboration
I’m not creative!
Or so I thought, but now know
~Mary Ellen Bratu
Dear Mary Ellen,
Squares, and dots, and squiggles that don’t have to look like anything in particular?
I can blow paint around the paper with my straw?
And write words… if want to?
On a warm and sunny August day I walked through the door of The Well Within Workshop and immediately felt like I belonged. You have created such an inviting space. I loved feeling welcomed into the comfy seating area right inside the front door, surrounded by shelves and books. You offered refreshments before sharing a little bit about your studio, your self, your hopes, a story, and some delectable quotes. I felt cared for.
And next? We went to the art tables — each space equipped with tools, a colorful palette, and a light so that we could really see.
I wanted my work to look like yours.
To me your work-in-progress was neat, muted, organized, and tidy. What came through my hands was… bold, and kind of haphazard. 🤷🏻♀️ This is me? Huh…
The biggest surprise came when Thalia (my Muse of Wit) insisted for weeks that we pick up some paints and paper of our own to experiment with at our table. Again… I started with an aim to imitate what I saw you create.
Thalia had different ideas.
We’ve played and experimented. Now we are trying to freehand our own versions of animals and people, flowers and foggy forests.
I had no idea that what is coming through my hands was factory-installed, just waiting for me to hit the ON button, and turn up the volume. Thank you for inspiring me to find the switch.
You make me want to be a better person.
Gratitude and Love,
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The Well Within Workshop