Monday, March 5, 2012

Sea Zen



Here's a short video from my weekend with my art friends. So much art, no clay, mostly watercolor and fiber, but very inspiring all the same. I highly recommend finding some place in your life to go away for a couple of days with artists that you know and respect. There is nothing like it to open your mind to new ideas. I went to the beach with an empty mind, I took no art, no projects, I didn't read. I just observed. I watched my beautiful 18 year old interact with older, wiser women, I watched my talented friends move water and paint around on thick paper, I watched a new friend create magic with a needle, yarn, and felted wool, I read a book of poetry made by one of these friends, I listened to conversations about fears and accomplishments, food, family, past experiences, I ate food prepared by my friends for me, I walked in the rain and listened to the ocean, I watched the sand blow across the beach, I shed self doubt on the beach in a talk with myself, I made a lot of pictures to remember the layers and textures of the rainy days there on Topsail, and I was so grateful to be there and to be so inspired by these other women in my life. So talented, so strong, so wise, so funny. I am truly blessed.......
enjoy the video!

13 comments:

Michèle Hastings said...

lovely! makes we want to get out the paints.

Tracey Broome said...

I know Michele! I soooo wish I had more talent for painting! It was fun to watch really talented artists work all weekend, so inspiring!

Michael Kline said...

Loved that little snapshot of your time at the beach. And I loved the song. Did Wesley write that? Beautiful soundtrack.

The beach is so inspiring and every time I go there I want to stay. I guess people feel the same way when they visit the mountains. It so great to get away, but also nice to come home.

andrea said...

artist friends can make life so much more rich, exciting, inspiring and hilarious. Sounds divine.

in case my email did not get to you....

medium12girl@gmail.com

(it is a nickname from Penland: medium girl ;o) 12 is just the month I was born.... in case you were wondering at all.)

Dennis Allen said...

I like listening to that girl sing!

Laura Farrow said...

great document of our beach adventures, Trace!! love ya, and from Mona too!!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Michael, yeah Wesley wrote that song some time ago, one of my favorites! you are so right, the beach and the mountains. Luckily I live about three hours from both, so I can visit often!
Thanks Dennis, I love hearing her sing too :)
Andrea, I did not get our email, I owe you terra sig info, right!?
Hey Laura and Mona xoxo

angela walford said...

my fav part of that tune is when the guitars are just out of sync at the beginning....of course love the rest!! I want some of those mittens how cool!! and such a great time to spend a way with friend hope you are well and truly inspired, rested and had 'a whale of a time' :))

Tracey Broome said...

Ang, I know what you mean about the guitar thing, it's deliberate, but in a not deliberate way, ya know?! Yes, the mittens, they are amazing, I'll talk more about them later...... thanks for the good wishes!

JUDI TAVILL said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE... I grew up going to a place called Figure Eight Island every summer and then I THINK TOP SAIL... is it near Wilmington?

Patricia Griffin said...

What a wonderful time. Nothing better than time away with girlfriends, especially artist ones!

Lori Buff said...

A friend of mine is planing to host retreats like this at her farm in central GA. It's so exciting to see how much you gained from the experience.

Tracey Broome said...

Well, I left a comment for you guys and it went away?!
Anyway, Judi, Figure Eight, yes, I always think of it as the place John Edwards ran away to haha!
Patricia, girls need their friends, and I have some great ones!
Lori, I think that sounds like a fantastic idea, definitely go if she offers. You absorb sooo much!