With Flora Doehler in her studio in Bear RiverThis has been a meaningful year for me. My
mother's death last October seems to have
taught me so much. One thing I realized is
that the whole of life is very short, and
altogether there is not a lot of time to give
out love. This idea lodged in my brain and
my heart, and I know in some ways it has
always been part of my belief system.
We were in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia,
on the weekend. This way of living -- being kind,
thoughtful and caring about other people -- seems
integral to how Nova Scotians live.
Flora with one of her favorite paintings
not named yet. It is 36 x 48 inches.Our friends Flora Doehler and Larry Knox
have a place in Bear River, not far from
Annapolis Royal, and when we
are in Nova Scotia we make a point of
visiting them, and seeing the work they're
doing in their studio. Kindness could be
the Doehler/Knox's middle name, and
Saturday we were treated to a studio tour,
a superb lunch, and delicious dinner. Plus
they are funny, and fun and we had a
Larry Knox with some of his jewelry.
Larry and Flora share the studio on their
land in Bear River.Artists are extremely lucky it seems to me,
because they work in response to strong
emotion. What gives them pleasure goes
from the landscape, still life, or people
right onto the canvas, or paper, or sculpture
or film. Flora's canvasses and Larry's jewelry
express a love of life that is infectious.
Giving out love is a big part of what they
Have a giving-out-love day.