|Barbara with a painting from more than 20 years ago!|
The Collaborative Artists Network (C.A.N.) is getting geared up! We painted at Barbara Rembert’s studio in her home yesterday inspired by some glorious instrumental music, great, great food, and the artistic and creative energy that flowed like a bubbling stream. Barbara has a tremendous learning library of books to borrow, and we were treated to a private show of her collection of works. She has some brilliant work over the years, and happily, we got the up close and personal tour, including explanations behind some of the loveliest of paintings. Her methods are so varied, and yet all convey so beautifully what message or meaning she is trying to illustrate. Pure wonderment!
Another surprise treat was a painting Margot pulled out that she had done back more than three decades ago! And to our joy and amazement, it was done using the same strokes, colors, and style she uses today.
We didn’t talk much about our organization today, preferring just to paint, but the idea behind it is to organize as a non-profit, obtain grands or other funding to provide a safe, comfortable place to paint, the resources to do so, the opportunity to teach others less fortunate, and to sell our works to self-fund our endeavor moving forward. It will surely be a long road, but with we five, I think we C.A.N., no pun intended. We recognize women typically give up so much to raise children, care for family, or meet other challenges that typically come from lacking that second X Gene, particularly economic ones. And each of us has faced tremendous emotional, physical, or monetary challenges, or a combination of all three, to get to this point in our lives, and we feel it is time to put our experience to good use, identify a forum, and ultimately, give back. Down the road, I hope to write more about our organization’s progress.