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While I was driving to my artist in residence week at Wiawaka in Old Forge, New York, across the empty and beautiful spaces of the Adirondack Mountains, I had time to think about the balancing act between studying art versus just doing it.

Those pesty “shoulds” and “should-nots” can really paralyze you sometimes if you study too much and too many approaches. On the other hand, how do you grow and improve if you don’t expose yourself to new ideas?

When I arrived, I did a short walking tour, but was unsure of where I could and couldn’t go. I bumped into one of our hostesses, who told me, “You can go anywhere you want. You can do anything you want.”

Wow! A whole week to kick the shoulds out the window right into Lake George, which is just outside my door, which by the way, is next door to the room Georgia O’Keefe stayed in when she summered here…

I hope to post a little something every day. Please visit tomorrow.

Mary

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