Friday, August 30, 2013

8.30.13 ~ reading the letter & finding me: alabama meets new mexico

Sometimes you meet someone and they electrify your soul. That's what happened last evening when I had two Alabama lawyers over for a studio visit and dinner. Within minutes I started to wonder if maybe we all hadn't been separated at birth at some point. Their passion for New Mexico and the way they talked about the sky out here and their almost spiritual encounters with random people they'd met could have been myself speaking. The depth to which they were moved by my art only strengthened my feeling of kinship to them. When one kept coming back to this work of mine with a story of my parents embedded in it, I knew on some level we were sisters.

hoping they'll find me ~ by dawn chandler ~ mixed media ~ 8 x 8 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler 2013

I can tell she has a poet's heart, not just by the Leonard Cohen lines that she introduced me to, but because she was also drawn to this — one of my recent "Spirit Series" paintings I had displayed in Taos during my latest show:

reading the letter ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil & mixed media ~ 8 x 8 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler 2013

I'm happy — and grateful — to have just added to the growing collection of my paintings now residing in the fine state of Alabama.

Thank you Sisters. Thank you for the Sisterhood, your patronage and a most splendid evening!

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.  

~ from "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen


Lorelei Lein said...

Lovely words Dawn ... in every sense. It was such a joy to spend the evening with you enjoying good food, wine, art, conversation and the beautiful NM sky. We've made it back to AL safe and sound although it was a bit of an adventure getting here. We are plotting our next trip ...

Thank you for sharing so freely of yourself and your home. Lori

Dawn Chandler said...

Glad your 'adventure' led you back home safely! Keep me posted on your plotting!