After my unfortunate sanfu with the lesson about ribbons, I was delighted to find this apropos clip art image. Yes, let’s party and tip a toast to our artistic accomplishments and to the power of the creative spirit.
During our time together we have explored many ways to look at ourselves and the world in new ways. From thinking about standing on our heads to using a mirror to invert the reflection of our paintings we have discovered a multitude of ways to think about what we do and how we do it.
If you are not familiar with the inspiring poetry of Mary Oliver, I encourage you to seek her out. Here is one of my favorites:
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
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