Blackberry season
In the studio

Finding stillness

Looking back to where we have come from.

Today, I woke with these words from Saul Bellow at the forefront of my thoughts:

"I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the middle of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction."

These are words that I live by....or, at least, that I try to.

Looking ahead at where we are going.

Standing still.

Graham Joyce has died. I want to write an appreciation of his life and his work...and I find that I can't just yet. He's been very ill for a while, but this came much too soon, and I'm devastated. My heart goes out to his wife and children, and all who loved him.

Today, there are no words. Just gratitude for all the wonderful books, short stories, blog posts, book recommendations, and memories that he's left us.

Three of Graham's fine books