Two close friends of mine came to visit from Oregon. Aaron is a great friend who is one of those young ambitious, driven, expressive, compassionate, (and slightly egotistical) wonderful people to have around. He embarked on a “Vision Quest” to find himself quite a few years ago… after travel and adventures, he fell in love (with a beautiful and kind woman), settled down… and had a baby. The rest of his family is here in Chicago-land, so they brought Cecelia, their beautiful daughter in to visit Aaron’s Mother.
We went to the Chicago Art Museum together. Cecelia is teething and took over my own personal wand… a Rowan wand I made from a tree back in Wisconsin. She chewed on it and licked it, and waved it at people… and well… now she gets to keep it. :) LOL
Aaron also brought with his little sister. She is only 19, and Aaron (who is 32) practically raised her, while his mother worked. I have not seen Meg in since she was a pre-teen, and even then only a few times. She is really smart, converses well, she draws and is truly interested in Art, even though her mother insists she sticks it out in Nursing School. So for the summer she is going to see what it is like to be work as an artist.
She has no experience in woodworking, or crafting, or most of the places where I focus in art…. BUT she really wants to learn. And she has been amazing so far. She is very helpful, and picks it all up very quickly. I have had to make sure my working habits are more “safe” so she does not emulate me in the bad ways. The most amazing thing, is that she is not hampered with life’s philosophies nor has attitude. She is responsible, practical, and yet open and interested… and creative. AND she loves earning $12 an hour, and I only need her for 2 or 3 days a week. She has admitted that she has not had so much fun at a job, and also been so dirty and tired at the end of the day.
My favorite quotes from her have been:
“It’s like you’re giving birth to a beautiful woman.” ~ as I removed a detailed urethane mold off a plaster cast.
“It’s still warm, like a living human body!” ~ I think she gets it!!!! The value of Art is in the action of doing it!!
So this is my new assistant Megisha Williams
-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."