Monday, June 7, 2010

the landing

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It's taken me all day to fully land on my feet after such an extraordinary experience in the woods of New Hampshire. Because this was my second time teaching at Squam Art Workshops, I was not surprised by the magic and beauty.  I was just so darn relieved to see that it still existed! I had feared my memories had grown exaggerated over time... but Squam was still filled with majestic woodland trails and the pristine lake that reaches out to the horizon with glassy arms. Most of all, Squam remained a place filled with sparkling eyes,  wide open hearts...and laughter trailing through mossy paths.
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 Inspiration and creativity filled every waking moment and slipped into dreams, as the shore of the lake lapped beneath my bedroom window and the loons sang their nightly lullabies.

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I'll return with lots of details from the three classes I taught (to the most amazing students imaginable)... I'm missing each of them tonight, along with all of the new and old friends that filled me to the brim. Luckily, the lovely Jen Gray just put up a wonderful video that's helping to ease my pangs... and I'm happy to be able to give you all a little taste. The beginning scenes are from the second day of my Botanical Printing class, when the warm weather beckoned us all out onto the gorgeous decks of the classroom, for working and gazing at the lake. The glimpse of my silly "beaming" self will give you a sense of how I felt all week.

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18 comments:

  1. Sigh. I wish I lived in the US just so I could attend Squam. Sigh.

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  2. maya! it was a thrill to meet you and connect in *real* life, if Squam really is real, which i'm still not convinced it is! your photos are breathtaking; i know my 'mossy path' and 'girl on dock' ones (yes i have both) won't hold a candle to these!

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  3. She did a lovely job and captured such a lot of emotion and feeling.

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  4. what a beautiful experience this must have been!

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  5. HI Maya,

    I would reinvent with you anytime. Gathering with you
    was a wonderful experience and your gentle enthusiasm and warmth made the class so terrific. Thanks for helping to make my Squam experience so full and rich. xox Corrine

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  6. Wonderful to meet you at last, Maya. Looking forward to another chance sometime in the future. Happy summer!

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  7. Maya you write so beautifully about Squam. I have tears after watching the video. It is truly a magical place! See you next time and have a wonderful summer!

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  8. So wonderful! I feel all choked up watching that video and I wasn't even there! Lucky all of you that got to experience it firsthand and lucky all of us that got this glimpse here.

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  9. looks like Squam is a really enjoyable experience

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  10. what were the names of the songs in the video,loved them!What a magical place,just beautiful!

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  11. fantastic video... it made me feel like I need to go. so beautiful. loved the music, too - do you have the artists' names?

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  12. This video is full of ispiration!
    Can I post it in my blog?
    It is written in italian.
    Bye!
    Silvia

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  13. LOVE the dock picture! The others are lovely too. Thank you for being such a warm and encouraging teacher!

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  14. glad you enjoyed it, can't wait to see more on the info stuff you did! Did you go say bye to the loons before you left? It's a local tradition!

    In high school i actually was given a boat, binoculars, and my job in the summer was to tool around the lake finding the nests, counting their eggs, babies, picking up any dead loons, etc.... I was paid and got a great tan!

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  15. I'm SO jealous! Maybe next year!

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  16. your beautiful beaming face is definitely so many amazing things but silly is not one of them.
    Loved the glimpse.

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  17. OOOh Wow!!! What an incredible experience this must have been. The picture ‘Squam dreams’ is amazing!!!! I would love to make a painting of it 
    Reading through these comments. I get a feeling of lounging, whishing, dreaming…WANTING to have been part of this group of wonderful people and to have been able to meet YOU!!! I wish I wish…

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  18. Hi, Maia! My name is Livia and I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am delighted with your work and I was touched by the video posted on the workshop. Can you tell me the name of the songs and the name of the singer? Thank you for inspiring me and forgive my bad English!

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