At this time of year, it seems like time is a balloon, stretching almost to bursting. And even if what we fill our shorter days and longer nights with is good…
it can often feel like too much.
This morning I am imagining my particular balloon NOT filled with a confetti of
to-do’s…but rather, the expansive breath of a quiet moment outside,
and the air of delight when I make something…
my lovely morning coffee,
and this little bit of reflection.
On November 22nd, The Art Garden was part of a community-service learning event coordinated by Hilltown Families in Northampton. Artist-board member Laura Iveson and I set up a L-O-N-G work station where children (and their adults!) could paint paper placemats to be donated to local senior centers.
Even in the midst of what might be considered a hubbub,
creative focus slowed things down.
The magic of painting…
the act of brushing physical color around on a surface…
the idea taking shape, or emerging in the process
(no matter what each person’s skill level)…
107 beautiful and wildly different placemats were made in 3 hours!
What a balloon!