One of the advantages of moving around is that I’m constantly meeting people smarter than myself that challenge my thinking in ways I never imagined.
This move back to Virginia led me to met Kathryn who runs Art at the Center. Aside from teaching me the wonders of process art & inspiring me creatively in innumerable ways, I admire her pursuit of community art.
Last Friday she hosted the “Big Chalk Draw” & Teapot & I walked down to join them at the insanely early hour of 8am (we take mornings easy around here.) We discovered the parking lot empty of cars & filled with buckets of sidewalk chalk. Parents & kids had already started drawing and the parking lot was slowly being remade into a giant canvas.
Here’s a labyrinth (they’re nuts about labyrinths at A@TC! You should really read Kathryn’s musings on them):
I added a chalk quilt- a simple sampler quilt with nine different basic quilt blocks:
Before we left though, I noticed that someone/someone’s had added to my quilt:
I love their blocks! See that middle block on the third row from the top? I envision enlarging that & turning it into a baby quilt!
On the way home I was thinking about the morning & here are my thoughts:
– Art was built upon art. I may have started a drawing, but it was fair game to be added upon & become something new. This didn’t ruin my work- just changed it. I wonder what new things we would discover if we approached more situations like this in our lives.
– You can always start something if you’re willing to move to a new place in the parking lot. I’m guilty of this- I get in my comfort zone & I don’t want to move, but if I just scooted 2 feet, I’d find the opportunity to work on a new project in a new light.
– Most drawings start with a line. A LINE people! A simple little line. You don’t need some impressive plan in your head, you just need to start with a line. We can take this into the quilting world too- what if we just started a quilt with a block & looked to see where it can take us?
– Draw with your kids. I noticed striking moments of bonding when kids & parents worked together on a drawing. The art connected them together in a new way. They both contributed to the final piece. They were both makers for something that wouldn’t have been without both of them.
Finally, here’s a time lapse video of the entire morning in 2 1/2 minutes!