Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I am the master of resistance when it comes to actually sitting down, by myself and making art. Every possible chore, phone call, even cleaning clamors for my attention first. Much has been written about art and resistance so I take heart in knowing I am not alone. Yet, I am alone, in my house, feeling tormented by resistance.
Julia Cameron cracks resistance open in her writing. " The Artist Way" is a brilliant book that many artists and writers are familiar with but few have ever finished. ( including myself ) The reason most folks can't get past chapter one and the morning pages is simple; it is too much work. Making a commitment to oneself and ones creative spirit is hard on so many levels and there are so many voices trying to talk us out of it.
I have thought fleetingly about a studio but it seems extravagant and unrealistic given my transient life. The solution came when a printmaking friend suggested forming an art group with likeminded artists. Initially four of us started meeting at "The Algiers ", a funky middle eastern coffee house that has been in Harvard Square since I can remember. Over cappuccinos and falafels we got to know each other. We talked about books, kids, health, our art and resistance. " The Artist Way " was the book we all agreed to read. A schedule of every other Friday was established as well as what we wanted to do together. The first week was gelatin printing. After that it's cut paper and stencils. I love the idea of community, be it a writing group or an art group.

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