Writing for more hours of my days at Fool’s Paradise than I imagined possible left little time for reading and for those intense four weeks I had little interest in any fiction beyond my own. I did, however read three books:
- Doris McCarthy: Ninety Years Wise by Doris McCarthy
- Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy
- Treasured Legacies by Irene Borins Ash
Doris McCarthy: Ninety Years Wise made me feel as if I too could go from strength to strength as the years go on, despite the physical diminishment that’s bound to accompany them. Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy inspired in me to apply some of her ideas about painting to my photography. Treasured Legacies encouraged me to think more positively about what it means to be old and to embrace the years ahead instead of dreading them.
Reading these books while enjoying the privilege of living and working in Doris’s former home, now the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Centre, may have heightened my appreciation of them, but I recommend them to anyone with an interest in art or aging.
What about the writing I did at Fool’s Paradise? I added a lot of words to my manuscript, I took out a lot of words too, and my brain is still buzzing with ideas for the project’s ongoing development.
How do you find the time and psychic space you need for your creative pursuits while still being an active participant in the other important parts of your life?