Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friends, Love and ....art!
The bliss of 'full time studio' continues...
Last night, we were up until 2am painting. I am finished with the canvases for the Zip Code show- and Sergio began with the encaustics last night.
While we were painting, a man we know stopped by our studio. He is homeless, and sometimes comes by for a bit of work and cash. I gave him dinner and put some Calamine lotion on his poison ivy covered arms.
He slept in the studio.
It is so very easy to help someone without judging them when they are kind in return. Once in a while, I will come home and find a gift from our friend on our doorstep: a seashell, an interesting rock...once he built a small snowman in our yard!
When he started coming around I was still living alone, and frankly was scared of this odd looking person... yet I quickly learned he would never harm anyone.
He is an alcoholic, son of a prominent businessman here in town (both his parents are now deceased). His siblings include scientists and psychiatrists. They do not stay in touch with him, nor answer his calls.
There are other people in the area that help him, including an elderly woman who lives just blocks away, with whom he stays in the wintertime- she has a room prepared for him in her heated garage.
He is an intelligent man, in his late 50's...and Sergio and I joke in all seriousness that we can have better conversations with him than with some of our acquaintances!
It has been about 6 years now since I met him,ready to call the police due to my fear... I now consider him a friend.