The week started with a day of testing out dance and special effect ideas in the water. Nick Gallina, Elizabeth Baker and I gathered to experiment with sound, ink, paint and even jello in water to create the images wanted for the film. My son even got in on the fun!
This week also involved securing permits to film on county and city property as well as acquiring all necessary liability insurance. Not very glamorous work, but exciting to see all the different aspects begin to come together, and I got to meet some fantastic and helpful people along the way.
On Thursday I found time to make it into the dance studio with Elizabeth to work. I wanted to develop some material we had previously created, and dig deeper into the emotional context of the movement. This was a difficult creative day, I felt off and disconnected from my intentions, although it was frustrating I recognize that it's all part of the process.....I decided to walk away from it for a little while and give myself some time to digest and get space. As the days went by the path forward became clear and by Saturday I was ready to show my "work in progress"
The Motherhood Project Workshop!
The week wrapped up with The Motherhood Project Workshop. Eleven diverse and inspiring mother-artists attended this event and we had a wonderful time. Ideas were exchanged and new friendships were made. We explored the joys, difficulties, frustrations and challenges of being artists and mothers, we talked, wrote and shared. I am honored to have spent the afternoon with these eleven women. Thank you to Gina Marie and Hi5us for allowing us to use The Raw Studios, Nick Gallina for capturing the afternoon on film, Elizabeth Baker for performing live with me, and Maureen McDole for leading us all in discussion and writing!