Eric Paulson and Angelynn Brown of Stone Circle Studios live on several magical acres in Hillpoint Wisconsin, a beautiful community just north of Spring Green. Walt and I stopped by on a perfect October day, taking in the sights as part of the area's Fall Art Tour. We were entranced with the otherworldy beauty of the land and studio. Shimmering areas of deep green grass invite you to stroll and relax, while artful pockets of tall flowers nod as you pass by. And yes, there is an actual stone circle, intentionally created by Eric and Angelynn, looking like the ancients selected and placed each stone. I wanted to plop down on a rock and stare off into the trees, but I worried that I might interrupt a Jedi Knight beaming in. Is it any surprise that Eric and Angelynn use their dreams as their main inspiration for their artwork? After a tour of their studio, I wanted to hear more.
When Eric and I met up again a month or so later, I originally intended to ask great questions about his paintings, the process that he and Angelynn use to retrieve and nurture their dreams, and methods he uses to create an artwork. I would then distill this wisdom into handy, bite-sized pieces for this blog post. That lofty goal was quickly set aside as I listened to my recording of our conversation and realized it should be heard in its entirety. Trying to present a key point would be like viewing a rich and complex painting and saying 'here's why he did a good job with yellow'.
This audio file as about 25 minutes long, and was recorded in the middle of our conversation, but it's filled with insights and daily practices. Since we are all working on some kind of challenge in work and life, I think any guidance that helps us hear and apply our own inner wisdom is welcome. Eric and Angelynn have developed an awareness and real-life interaction with dreams, and I for one would like more of that for myself. Which part of the interview resonated the most with you?
To see more of Eric's paintings and Angelynn's encaustics, visit their Stone Circle Studios website.