“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce
Some people we remember the moment we meet because that moment is so pivotal. I met Karon Luddy fifteen years ago when we both attended a poetry reading by Cathy Smith Bowers. The reading was held at a Barnes and Noble in Charlotte, but all three of us have a Lancaster, SC connection- Cathy and Karon are both Lancaster natives and I’m a current resident. There was a handful of people that night, none of us knew each other yet after the reading, several of us formed a poetry critique group, Karon and I among them, that met regularly for several years. Such is the stuff of friendships that are meant to be. Karon and I cross paths often and I was excited to see her at Wingmaker Arts Collaborative in May.
The wall of Karon’s studio is papered with pages from her literary work in progress.
Karon~ I was working as an Apple Computer Executive when my daughter told me, “You’ve always lived your life as an artist. So why don’t you do it?” I listened. I did The Artist’s Way and that gave me the permission to be an artist.
I’ve been at Wingmaker since the beginning. It’s a creative home. The creative energy comes and stays, it’s accumulative. It’s all positive here, no negatives. There’s a lot of freedom, no ‘have to’s’.
It’s important work we’re doing here, it makes it easier for the art to be birthed. It’s a sacred space and it’s important we give ourselves permission to have this. It’s soulwork. My husband sees me happier, content and lighter!
I come here and it’s Wow! Wow! Wow! Then it’s fear, fear, fear. 🙂
My mom recently passed away and I was blessed to have some time with her before. I brought her up here and we had a tea, just the two of us in this beautiful space with all the art. She always lived her life around nature and beauty and I think I get that from her.
My visual art is usually collage. And I’m currently working on my second novel. It’s wonderful to have the tables in the classroom space so I can spread out my pages, rearrange them. I have my monthly writing group with just women. In addition to teaching The Artist’s Way, I teach two classes in the American Studies Department at the University of NC-Charlotte – Growing Up Southern and The American South: The Land Where the Blues Began, which is based on Alan Lomax’s award-winning book, The Land Where the Blues Began. Both are writing intensive classes.
I love teaching. It’s my way of paying back. My 6th grade teacher, Perry Gardner lit my spark. I believe my purpose in being here on this Earth is to inspire people to live their unique, creative, beautiful self.
Kim’s note~ Karon was recently awarded First Place in Kakalak 2013 for one of her beautiful collages.
Visit Karon and meet Karlene, the darling protagonist of her first novel, Spelldown.