Day 686: Are you the artist?

As I told my readers yesterday morning, I planned to spend my Sunday in the company of artists, most notably:

  • Paul Nagano, a fabulous watercolorist and friend, who is leaving my hometown of Boston for Hawaii and
  • Pat Metheny, my favorite musician and jazz guitarist, who used to live and teach in Boston, and now habitually tours the world.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to make all the planned rounds of my personally planned tour,  yesterday, because I’ve been feeling tired lately. However, I did make my way back to Fenway Open Studios, no problem,  for the second day of Paul’s “I’m Moving to Hawaii” sale.

On my way, I noted other kinds of artists:




Yesterday, because it was Sunday and because I didn’t run into  a friggin’ Spartan Obstacle Course Race (mentioned and foreshadowed in this post, somewhere in my “artistic” ramblings), I had a much easier time reaching and parking near all the artists at Fenway Studios.


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After I reached Paul’s studio, I heard today’s topic sentence

Are you the artist?

many times, as people — who were visiting Paul’s place and looking at his art — wanted to identify, engage with, and communicate their thoughts and feelings to the artist.

Usually, people asked

Are you the artist?

NOT to Paul


but instead to another Paul


who is a friend of Paul’s or to Chris


who is another friend of Paul’s.  Actually, Paul has a lot of friends. That is another way he is an artist — connecting with people through friendship.

I’m sure that the other Paul and Chris have their own art forms … as do we all.

I told Chris, Paul, and other people at Paul’s studio that I was sad about Paul leaving us AND happy for his moving on to Hawaii. That’s one way I’m an artist — accepting and expressing lots of different feelings, even simultaneously.

And I had lots of feelings as I looked around Paul’s studio.

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That’s Paul with yet another good friend of his, named Ted, who told us that another artistic friend  made his one-of-a-kind shirt for him.

See?  Artists are everywhere.

After I left Paul’s, I spent some time with my boyfriend, Michael (who is a cooking artist, among other things) and my son, Aaron (who I think is an artist at EVERYTHING but, you know, I’m his mother).  Before I knew it, it was time to drive to Worcester, Massachusetts (where I’m sure there are lots of artists) to meet my friend Peggy and go to the Pat Metheny concert.

While I fancy myself a photographic artist (at least for this blog), I did not take any pictures of the trip to Worcester, but I did snap these at Peggy’s home:

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Peggy, another “Friendship Artist,”  loves her dog Lulu and she loves elephants. I thought her home was very artistic, too, but I’m not sure if I captured that.

Then, I was back at the Hanover Theater, a very artistic location, for the second time in two weeks (I saw many young artists dancing there recently).


Soon after I took that photo of the Hanover Theater stage last night, I heard this announcement:

The artists appearing tonight have requested no photographs, taping, texting, or cell phone usage of any kind, so please turn off your cell phones.

I think I might be an artist of listening, because I heard that and I then heard two hours of sublime sounds, created by Pat Metheny on guitar, Chris Potter on saxophone, Ben Williams on bass, and Antonio Sanchez on drums.

Here’s one of the songs those amazing musical artists played, last night, from the Unity Band/Group’s latest album:

That’s “Rise Up!” (found here on YouTube), one of my favorite tunes from Pat Metheny and the Unity Group’s latest album Kin (<– –>). And the audience at the Hanover Theater in Worcester last night, which included many artists, did rise up, several times, during the concert.

Later, Pat and the other artists on stage performed a very artistic version of an old favorite of mine:

(“Have You Heard” by the Pat Metheny Group found here on YouTube)

Have you heard something I’m trying to express here today?  We are all artists, one and all.

Time for me to leave for work, to engage in the art of therapy with others.

Many thanks to all the artists involved in this post today (including you)!

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27 thoughts on “Day 686: Are you the artist?

  1. yes …

  2. You are an artist of the heart! Your create joy and love and peace in everything you do. that’s quite the talent my friend!

    Love “Lulu the dog with the magnificent tail”. 🙂

  3. You are such a fun artist with your wit, your daily ideas and that cell phone of yours!
    I am an emerging artist with words and camera. Though I need more practice, I’m doing better and better.

    • That’s the best we all can do, Emilie — practicing and doing better and better. Many thanks for encouraging and appreciating my artistry.

  4. 3As =Ann’s ART (blog) is Amazing 🙂 .

  5. Very artful dodging of the cellphone pictures by Pat and the Unity Band, I must say. I don’t think that musicians earn the right to make that request, Ann. I think the rather large sums we artistic fans pay to see them play should include amateur phone picture and video opportunities.

    Now that your artist friend Paul will be living in Hawaii, you have a great reason to visit that paradise!

  6. You have mastered the fine art of blogging, Ann; and you’re an artist of helping people find their inner artist.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful Sunday! Glad that you enjoyed the concert and everything!

  8. I’m addicted to studios; I can smell the oils and the resins across the Atlantic.

  9. Sounds like you had an incredibly art-filled day Ann! I think I may be an artist of connecting community. ❤
    Diana xo

  10. To be surrounded by creative people … priceless! I’m glad you had a delightful weekend. sigh! 😉

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