I even had time to explore some stitching myself as we sat together quietly or talked and contemplated the little worlds that were evolving with our stitching choices. This small painted piece is about 10" x 12" and I'm looking forward to completing it; it reminds me of our talks.
The two of us had great conversations about Buddhism, reincarnation, ghosts and childhood memories as well as about books and artists. Nga loves to collect books as well as travel to take private classes with different teachers. Spending time with her made me realize that I would love to travel more -- not ten cities in ten days travel -- but finding residencies and artist exchange programs that would allow me to immerse myself in different cultures and work and learn from other artists and students there.
So nga left very happy with the techniques she had learned and talked about returning to work in my studio again. The experience taught me yet again that I receive as much, and usually more, than I give when I share what I love doing.
When I turned the page to June in my Zen wall calendar this morning, it flipped back a few months and I found a lovely quote:
There is nothing that you need to achieve.