Hitch Your Wagon to a Lucky Star

I am just returned, although I think I left my heart in Texas, at least for a little while.  It needs to soak up all that love and deep learning that showed up at Lucky Star Art Camp. I still need time to process all that moved me and that will take quite a while, but the immediate loves are present.

A woman with a dream, Lisa Hamlyn Field.  A shining ***star*** in her own right.  A smile that never stops and a gift for weaving community.  A full time Mom, a full time job, a full time life, family love, gardening, creating, smiling, dancing, singing, planning, storytelling, never sleeping,  … a life overflowing with joy.  Her dream became our dream. Her enthusiasm we all shared, her sweet singing a gift we got to witness…Her vision became our vision too because she lived it each moment we were together.  Thank you Lisa for creating space for other dreams to awaken, for brave women to hitch their wagons, wherever they were going, to your Lucky Star.

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The place, Camp Waldemar, thrown back into another time(off the grid, firmly planted in the here and now).  A magical river lined with cypress trees teeming with turtles and birds and big, old black girl lab reaching for her own star in the form of a 6 foot long stick from the river.  Limestone and bark, rustic and cozy, huge scaled building befitting the ever expanding blue of the Texas sky.  God’s country as they say.

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Magical women.  Each with gifts to give which I feel like I received in abundance.  Each of us vulnerable and wanting to experience whatever spirit brought forth.  I felt truly blessed and grateful to each of my students for sharing themselves, being willing to dive in feet first not knowing how deep that river was and with no safety net.  Women who meditated with me and allowed themselves to really open to their creativity with their own voices.  Sometimes smiling, sometimes, crying, sometimes in awe of what they discovered about themselves and shared with each other. A classroom outside, plien air, by the river so the sound of water as it sluiced through the dam treated us all day long.

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Embracing the critic…Frances opened some new doors and kicked that Stuckness to pasture.

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IMG_9915Making, making, making..Gail got going and never stopped.

IMG_9943Layering and moving mood with color Melissa happily embraced the unexpected.

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Aleli who came with just a simple lunch box of materials and made such beautiful journal pages.

 

Old friends and new friends

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New friends Aleli, Kit, standing(getting over structure), Janet whose fabulous views on meditation really stirred me, Kelly with gorgeous gelli printed hand made journal.

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Kaye(Lisa’s Mom) and long time friend Michele looking as beautiful as their spirits…Such stories and complete joy in their friendship…..

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Diane, giver of stories and full of emotion and sweetness and so many more I haven’t got photos of.  Each of these women gave me gifts that I am still taking in and the pleasure that comes from teaching with intense presence and vulnerability of my own.

I am already spinning out wishes into the universe for next year, early November when I will return for the 2nd Lucky Star Art Camp, but the big picture and small moments remain to fill my days until then.

 

 

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23 Responses to “Hitch Your Wagon to a Lucky Star”

  1. Carolyn October 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Beautiful post Corrine, so glad that you were filled as you were helping others to fill up.

  2. Jo Murray October 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Looks amazing…and what a creative bunch of women. Love that Aleli can carry her materials in a lunch box. I seem to carry a car full of stuff to workshops, and NEVER produce anything like her lovely work.

  3. jan October 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Beauty appears in each of these memorable photographs, and in your words. Lucky star/magical star. So glad it was all and more than you imagined. Plus gorgeous weather!

  4. Judy Shea October 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Welcome home!!! How can you not have such a wonderful time at this beautiful place. Your weather looked beautiful for outdoor creativity. Sounds like a dream.

  5. Dawn October 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Amazing post Corrine, what a glorious experience for you all. Thank-you sooooooooooo much for sharing this, I have a cheshire cat grin right now tee hee.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  6. Julie Mackinder October 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    What a wonderful creative time for you all x

  7. Heidi Pauer October 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    What amazing women! Love their creations and their spirit! 🙂

  8. deb October 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow Corrine!!Looks like you had a wonderful time!!!!
    Welcome home! Its been far too quiet around here! 🙂 Hugs! deb

  9. Kat October 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Oh how great for you Corrine, looks and sounds like a very special time to have shared with kindred souls!

  10. Kim Mailhot October 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Sounds fabulous and intimate, Corrine. What a perfect combo.
    Enjoy the well-deserved glow !

    Ps : how was the travel from New England ?

  11. Kay Wallace October 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    This post was so full of gratitude, energy and amazement! Perhaps, now, you will “get” how much you inspire others, even at a chance meeting! I am thrilled that you so obviously had such a grand time! The fact that you are already invited back just confirms that your students did, too! You have all been blessed and are, indeed, living under a “lucky star.”

  12. Kelley October 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    It fills my heart and soul to read these words, Corrine. I felt so connected to that place and everyone in it – you especially. Thank you for guiding and lifting us up – you are a treasure!!!!!

  13. Marilyn J. Rock October 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    A win/win for sure! What a beautiful experience and thank you so much for sharing this with us. xxoo

  14. lyle baxter October 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    what a lovely place for creating great pictures! so glad you enjoyed the adventure!

  15. Bleubeard and Elizabeth October 19, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    What a perfect post with perfect photos for a perfect time in Texas. Bless you!

  16. Lisa Graham October 19, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Looks like such a marvelous time with marvelous people. I have enjoyed all your pics from your trip. I hope you bask in the warmth of your experience for a long long time! xo

  17. Nina Lise@Mrs Moen October 19, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    What a wonderful space to be creative. No wonder you’ve left your heart there for a while!

  18. Nancy Lee October 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    The area is so pretty, relaxing and the people look so HAPPY!
    Each with their colors and energy of creating good “stuff”!

  19. Carolyn Dube October 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    What a retreat! The sunshine, the setting, the creativity, the energy! Lucky Star is lucky to have you!

  20. kim andersen October 20, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    wow – what an amazing experience! I’m sure you will be living its effects for many many weeks/months to come!

  21. Kris October 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Well your story of this adventure is pure inspiration. Hearing little pieces of these women’s experiences really touched me. Thanks for sharing so openly.

  22. Karen October 21, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    oh, what a gorgeous setting for what looks like an amazing experience for everyone involved.

  23. Marjie Kemper October 25, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    I can feel the good vibes from these happy faces. So special. And being outside with the sound of the water while creating must’ve been a total joy.

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