My first canoe is on the poster for Art in Motion which I mentioned yesterday and I'm really pleased with the variety of the selection of work for this initiative. We've been enjoying the most beautiful weather in this neck of the woods and despite the wind warnings I've been enjoying my time outside. Yesterday evening as I was walking I came across the word 'LOVE' spray painted on the pathway and awhile later the phrase 'be yourself' stenciled onto a fence - I wish I had my camera with me, I guess I'll just have to go back. I know this may be considered graffiti but I think if the message is positive, how can it be bad? It brought a smile to my face and the couple I passed who were walking in the opposite direction stopped to look and smile, too. I want to see more of that - not necessarily spray painting but positive art around my community. I dream of a place with painted seats everywhere where anyone can choose to sit and rest or visit or dream, of sculptures and sidewalk art, of murals and banners. I want colour in this place that is grey so much of the time when the branches and grasses die off for the long winter. To that end, I have asked a friend to paint a mural on my garage door in spring - I know it is in the alley, but why not add colour everywhere? Wouldn't it be lovely if back alleys were interesting instead of filthy and cluttered and dark? There is a wonderful Saskatchewan artist named Wilf Perreault who has created a series of paintings of alley ways in the most beautiful colours. Now wouldn't it be lovely if our world actually was like that?
Honouring the Ancestors
Great Places Plan