Hummingbirds weaving unseen magic and energy – watercolourDuring the last few days I have been going through many albums and files looking at old photographs and letters in preparation for my VIRTUAL trip to Wales which will begin on Monday 6th July.
One file contains many letters from my dear friend Albert Willett – who sadly died in his late eighties about twenty years ago.
I first met Albert when he signed up for one of my courses in the States. We didn’t hit it off initially. Albert who was a large man in stature had been a leading scientist for DuPont and was used to getting his own way. It didn’t matter what I said, he disputed it!:)
I even went so far as to alert a big art centre in Chester Country Pa to not allow him to sign up for my courses – (something I had not done before or since). However, he slipped through the cracks and so when I arrived to start a new session with about twenty in attendance, there was Albert.
watercolour/gouacheAs work commenced Albert began his usual telling everyone what to do and contradicting everything I said. (I am chuckling to myself as I write this)
Half way through the session, I stopped everything and told Albert that it was very clear I couldn’t teach him…and perhaps it would be best if he left.
Well, you could have heard a pin drop – everyone in the studio was in a state of shock, including me. Albert very slowly packed up all his supplies and left.
watercolourTwo weeks later I received a long apologetic letter from Albert – asking if I would join him for lunch at his home. His late wife had been a very fine weaver and carver and he wanted to show me the studio and some of her work and apologise to me in person.
Never one to hold a grudge – I accepted.
After that lunch we became good friends. We enjoyed long interesting conversations/debates. Along with preparing soup and home made bread for lunch he had the most beautiful dog called Bonnie. As a lover of all animals seeing Bonnie every couple of weeks was well worth any disputes we had:)
Albert didn’t sign up for any more of my workshops…however during the years we knew one another he bought several paintings, and came to all my exhibitions and was supportive of everything I did.
watercolour/gouache It will take a while to read all of his letters, which I am finding so much more interesting now than when he first sent them to me. A little like the second reading of a good book.
It was Albert who introduced me to the GASOC (Guardian Angel Society). As he writes in one of his letters “The GASOC rarely tell you what to do – they just arrange events, or point out pathways”. and my experience has shown that this is so true.
It was Albert that taught me to always consider the ‘unseen energy’ that effects us in ways that we can never imagine.
It is because of Albert that I used the hummingbird as a symbol of the ‘unseen energy’ that surrounds us in the world we live.
watercolour/gouacheHow glad I am to have this file of letters – and the letters of so many other people who have played huge parts in my life.
How beautiful it is to pick them up…smell the paper and be able to read them like a book.
As stated earlier in this post. I will begin. my VIRTUAL trip to Wales on Monday 6th July.
This is for anyone interested in learning about the area of Wales where I lived and worked for twelve years. A place called Crickhowell which sits in the beautiful Usk Valley, where the Brecon Beacons meet the Black Mountains..
It is free for anyone who would like to join in and sketch along, and will be posted here on this blog.
til then I hope that everyone can feel the magical energy of the hummingbirds surrounding them.