I am just beginning my retreat at St Meinrad Archabbey, so instead of getting ready for the holidays, I am stealing time to contemplate classes for next year, paint and write. This is a long habit– taking time away in solitude while the world is occupied with decorating, shopping, and entertaining. Today the snow is falling. I am thinking of some quotes from books I am reading:
Don’t hurry. Don’t rest.
– Rachel Kadish, The Weight of Ink
in sorrow seek happiness. Work, work unceasingly.
– Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
It sounds harsh– the part about not resting, and working unceasingly– but there is something deeply gratifying about not hurrying, having no interruptions, and working steadily with my hands. Time seems to expand the day and open the night...
Two classes have been added to 2019 in Feb:
At Preston Arts in Louisville:
There is one space open for Taos in New Mexico in June:
There are two spaces open for Ghost Ranch in New Mexico in October:
Retreat in April for advanced calligraphers at St Meinrad Archabbey:
Tuscany, Italy: This class is full, but there are likely to be some cancellations, so get on the waitlist early:
Details to come for class in Basel, Switzerland, September 18, 19 & 20, 2020
And Australia in the Blue Mountains in 2021.
Part of the reward of teaching is seeing the work the students create.
I will end with just a few images from the last class of 2018 in Bozeman, Montana, studying the work of Ben Shahn and the theme of Absence & Presence:
What are you curious about? What do you want to learn more about? I’d love to hear from you.