Quote of the Day: Without art i choke. – Georgia Greeley
I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Georgia. She is an artist, writer, and teacher. We met through the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) when a few people in my area were interested in forming a writer’s group. Georgia lives in St. Paul, MN, but has a cabin on the Crow Wing River (try saying that out loud, it’s a tongue twister!), so she joined our small group. We started meeting in the tiny town of Motley, and so named ourselves The Motley Crew.
Georgia was at the Book Arts Festival in Hackensack (isn’t that a great name for a small, rural town that holds book festivals?) this weekend. She makes her own books, knows book binding and how to make paper. She is multi-talented, often pairing words with her poetry, or images that match other’s poetry. Her artwork is soothing, yet captivating. When I was going through my major life change, divorce and moving, she gave me one of her paintings, an illustration of this poem.
Cane Holding up the World
I see the spider for what it is
Calligrapher of the invisible
Dropping from raspberry cane
To write for the night,
“You can make something from nothing.”
Catching the scent of the raspberry
The waa of the catbird
Her rich web
Brushing my mind
by Nancy Walden
Georgia’s illustration has thin canes of dark, forest green, intersecting and connected by the spider and her web – the something created from nothing but imagination and sheer desire.
Georgia is the one who said to me, “Continue to do that which makes you whole.”
If you’d like to know more about Georgia, click on her website, Artichoke Press. Georgia created her own Walden experience by spending the month of August in her little cabin by the river, writing, relaxing, and creating.
Go, Create, Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Describe a gift that healed you or inspired you and the person who gave it to you.
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Beautiful post, Mary!
What a talented and inspiring woman. I always admire people who aren’t only multi talented but who weave their lives amidst those talents and gifts.
It’s good to be back in blog land! I’ve missed your posts 🙂 How’s that script coming?
Georgia is amazing, so wise, so into what moves the soul. You are truly blessed, Mary, (as is Georgia). And I loved those small town names. They tickle the imagination, bring bright smiles.
Karen G’s having a weekend blogparty at Coming Down the Mountain if you’d like to click over.
I’m always so impressed with people who can draw or paint…it is a gift I long to have.
Amazing woman but so are you. I love the poem very beautiful. The world is full of beautiful people if we would only be open to them.
Ooh, LOVE Georgia’s work.
I have a friend named Georgia who lives in Washington.
You have a friend named Georgia who lives in Minnesota.
Only in America….
Oooooh. I love that: “Calligrapher of the invisible.”
She is extremely talented! Love the artichoke pun. :O)
A BIG Thank You, Mary. You caught it. The Betty Grable calendar hung behind the hall door that led to the porch. Either Mama or Daddy bumped the wall when they rushed to greet the guests. (I’ve edited this in!)
See sounds like a wonderful lady. I’d love to take off to a cabin for a while. Sound like just what I need right now.
Mary, I’ve heard so much about Georgia. It was a thrill to see her lovely face on your blog, and to be reminded of her many gifts and how they have graced your life. Wow, does God ever provide, huh? Your crossing with Georgia was no coincidence. Thanks for shining light on this remarkable woman!