Yesterday we had no running water from two in the morning until 8.30 in the evening. It's amazing how we become so accustomed to our creature comforts that one day can feel like a lifetime. So, I painted until the water couldn't rinse my brushes properly any longer and then began knitting gifts for my nieces and planning for my next Jr Artist Workshop at the library. It has been awhile since I've had an un-scheduled day so it felt very peaceful.
I have to admit, I began my day with a trip to Starbucks but then I spent the rest of the day blissfully alone. I've been fighting off a cold, something that happens often when I have an extremely busy period, so other than not being able to spend time soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salts, this quiet day was exactly what I needed.
Reading, juicing, and taking the time to watch a PBS documentary that I've been intrigued with for some time helped to ground me. The documentary is titled 'Arts & the Mind' and showcases some of the most successful arts programs for a variety of age groups, exploring the vital role of arts in human development. It's wonderful to see how art can help with childhood education, struggling teens, patients battling Alzheimer's and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not only is it healing, but allows the patients to become healers or teachers themselves.
So often I've felt unqualified to teach, believing I needed to complete my education before I had anything of value to share. But now that I have the privilege of running arts programs, I realize that everyone has something to share...a new perspective, a new technique, a smile and a word of encouragement. I sure feel lucky to do what I do.
AIRdirondack Art Project