Connecticut studio and accompany me. Everyone needs friends in their lives like Frances, who just have to see as much as they can, do as much as they can, and who love company on their adventures. One of my favorite activities now is field trips; I try to plan them into my schedule, as they always inspire and refresh me. I've found that it is important to make time to see new things--even if they are only around the corner from where you live.
April Gornick, who turns out to be enough of a techie that she graciously saved my slide show after long minutes of panic when the projector refused to communicate with my computer. April gave a provocative philosophical talk that included musings on how she was drawn to clearings, not only as spaces that inspired paintings, but as places that calmed and grounded her. I thought about how what I call Slow Love Moments come of mental clearings; one must give them a chance to appear, or, give oneself a chance to recognize and bask in them. LongHouse is such a clearing. And so is Jack Lenor Larsen himself. Some people are so special that simply to be around them is a profound experience.
Everywhere, no matter how small the corner or how large the table, the eye falls on moments of beauty, intimate landscapes composed of books, vases, stones, flowers, baskets; evidence of a live well--and passionately--lived. The central room is furnished entirely with delicate, sensual pieces from the 1940s by the legendary Wharton Esherick. In the living room, furniture by Edward Wormley is arranged around a modern hearth that provides the only heat in the winter; a grand piano is tucked away in the corner. I could almost hear music being played, which I want to be Bach, but I didn't think to ask whether Jack is a pianist, nor what it is he loves to hear. Many things, I suspect. I didn't get to ask so many questions...But I did get to savor the place. We were served lunch, with asparagus just picked in the garden, on ceramic plates that looked as if they had just dried on the potter's shelf; Jack is also an excellent cook.