Just before our Sisters' Reunion (Four sisters and one sister-in-law meeting for a week of laughter and connection...), I discovered our youngest sis is an amazing artist. Once learning this, I wanted to create art with her more than anything else during our visit.
At first, it didn't seem as though it would actually happen, but then, while admiring the art on her walls (her art, 'natch!), we found one piece that especially caught the attention of us all. It was a canvas that had been "Pour Painted".
I suggested that, perhaps, if she happened to have the materials laying about, maybe she could teach us this technique...
She did. And she did!
Pour-Painting is a messy, fun process. Not going into details here (there are several instructional videos on YouTube), just recommending it as a fabulous bonding experience requiring zero art or painting skills to result with something strikingly beautiful. We had such fun!
One wonderful thing was that each of our paintings came out as lovely pieces of art worthy of hanging. The other wonderful thing was that we truly connected in a way never before experienced - at least not that I can recall. We live in different parts of the country (Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan...). We have different beliefs around spirituality, life and death. One has different political beliefs than the rest of us. I'm the only single, never-married mother in our family and possibly the most woo-woo of us all (I listen to... what? A woman who channels a group of non-physical beings called 'Abraham'? How bizarre can anyone get?).
I've heard it asked, "Can we just get along?" regarding those of differing beliefs and practices. The answer is yes! Especially when art is part of the equation...
Deep into my career as an elementary school teacher, I started asking myself if I was still an artist. Can you be an artist if you're not doing any art? Am I a writer if I'm not writing? For me, ARTIST is a verb. Writer too. Do what you love and JOY will come. Maybe money too, but I've discovered without joy, everything else is meaningless.