Make art, even if it’s upside down
I am loving felt pens plus water. I’m not sure why it’s taken me fifty-something years to discover the joys of such simple ingredients, but it has.
Or this way?
Felt marker pens, particularly at school, were something you didn’t want to get water on. You drew or wrote with them because of their precision. You admired their clean lines. You were in control. You didn’t want to lose all that nice neatness to a soggy mush-ball.
Water brings with it an unknowing.
It brings an unpredictability and a, sometimes scary, lack of control. What joy!
Felt-pen-plus-water art-making is just the ticket for debriefing from an art therapy session in residential aged care. After
super-thinking and micro-attuning to many individual needs, I switch off and let go into watching colourful blobs appear. This watery felt-pen tuning out is helping me process the joys, successes and challenges of working finely with each person.
After all, Art is a Way of Knowing.
(See Pat B Allen’s wonderful book title from 1995, Art is a Way of Knowing – a Guide to Self-Knowledge and Spiritual Fulfillment through Creativity. Actually, it’s not only the title that is wonderful. It’s the book.)
Art is a Way of Knowing. It’s just a different way of knowing from the literal, linear nutting-out that dominates our society.
Yes. This way.
Felt pen and water.
through the circulatory system of my art heart.
This post makes me think of a few previous themes and threads.
If you feel up to linking in with any of them, here goes…
The Even If…Make Art series
with love, art and soul