So my visit to Doris last week was just great. When I got home I was so keyed up from all my stops along the way that it felt like the beginning of the day. Sometimes it takes me yeas to do the simplest of things. There is something about getting in the car for a long drive that makes me decide to go to the studio instead. Yet when I do it, I really enjoy it.
It was great to see Ron and Doris so well, really no different from when I met them twenty years ago. Doris’s book shows a great study of her work through out the years. She has been one of the artists who has inspired me over the years, both in her commitment to rug hooking and her commitment to art. It is her sense of movement and colour that I admire but it is also her graciousness. If I could only use one word to describe her it would be “gracious”.
You can see Doris here in her studio with her lovely husband Ron and sitting on the steps of the stair runner she made for herself.
I really enjoy a good visit with someone. There is nothing like it for getting to know someone better, or just reaffirming an old friendship. Visiting is something that , if we are not careful, could go by the wayside. When the truth is we need it. We need it more than we know , because it is soulful and soul food.
Whether it is across the kitchen table or a long car ride, sometime we need to gather and talk, or eve just gather and be.
Either way, we need each other.