Guest Author - Maribeth Lysen
On a recent Southwest Airline's flight I picked up a graffitied copy of their in flight magazine, "Spirit". A previous passenger had doodled their way through the magazine, making hilarious notes, small drawings, and even created some "found poetry" out of a story on a hamburger topped with a fried onion ring.
Every couple of pages had little drawings. Faces had outrageous curly mustaches, cookies had "pick me up" written on them, and a couple lounging on the beach were dreaming of a slice of pepperoni pizza. My favorite drawing was of a cliff diver jumping off a purple cliff next to the article's caption, "Take The Leap".
The creative energy sprawled across the pages livened up a rather dull and crowded flight. The artist had provided me with entertainment by sharing their clever drawings. All of the drawings were created with a single ink pen.
The artist reminded me that all you need to create art is a simple marking tool like a pen or pencil and some paper. The paper doesn't even need to be blank. Start where you are with what you have and share your art.
What I learned (or relearned) from this anonymous artist:
To create art all you really need is a single mark making tool like a pen or a pencil & some paper.
The paper doesn't have to be blank, it can be anything.
Get creative with what you have on hand.
Add to what is already there.
Be generous with your art.
People enjoy discovering treasures.
Grab a few small squares of watercolor or canvas paper no larger then 5x7. Select 3-4 paint colors, or water color pencils, or ink pens. Use whatever medium is calling out to you today. Create 3-5 paintings small paintings. The limit on the supplies will exercise your art muscles and keep the painting from taking too long.
Once they have dried, put the paintings in your bag, purse, or car. While you are going about your normal life this week find spots to leave your art for someone to find. Tucked in a magazine on an airplane is an excellent location but a library, coffee shop, or even at work are all good spots. After all, most work places could use a little more joy.
Remember to sign your work. If you have a website, blog, or etsy store include contact information on the back where someone could find more of your art. Now release your creations out in the world.
Art is everywhere. Make some drawings or paintings and leaving them for strangers to find. It just might make their day.