Every week I have the same kind of comments when I read the summary from Cynthia Bydlinski about the Art Therapy Group as she, Joyce and this week a new volunteer, Nancy, create a pretty remarkable atmosphere of inspiration and creativity.
I love reading about the process and then seeing the results. With each "episode" I can't help but wonder how so many of us would benefit with the same approach to the different challenges in our lives.
Yesterday, our 8 artists around our circle, Vivian, Louis, Lino, Emily, Vange, Gloria, Patricia and Anita were invited to focus their thoughts on the new-born autumn season. Inspiration comes from many places if we’re open to it and this creative gathering was inspired by Lino who, last week, noticed that depending on where you are, North or South, you will experience the fall season in very different ways resulting in very different memories.
So, in honor of Lino’s wise words, Joyce and I (along with new volunteer, Nancy) began with a poem. “A Late Walk” by Robert Frost was read aloud evoking images of a garden that is now faded and sadder than any words and a tree beside the wall [that] stands bare with leaves of brown that rattle down.
Moving gently and joyfully with thoughts of fall in our mind’s eye, suggestions to create gentle movements including hibiscus leaves on branches with a late day bloom and a fading green and yellow vine stretching upwardly into the early autumn sunshine, were initiated.
Our intention for this workshop was to invite our artists to honor their creativity as thoughts are focused on nature and the changing and falling leaves around us. To capture shapes, colors and lines that inspire and remind us of the season—whether, as Lino stated, those memories of the season are from the North or South.
We then asked our artists to select a few fallen leaves gathered from nature and to spend a moment or two looking, really looking at their shapes, colors and lines. Inspired by these beautifully fading leaves from the backyard, and using watercolor paints on paper, each artist was encouraged to reflect on paper—that had been cut into leaf shape—his/her fall visions.
Through color, line and shape here’s what emerged around our artists’ circle yesterday morning:
And, of course, so much gratitude goes to Joyce, without whom our circle would not shine, and to our new volunteer, Nancy.
Enjoy the first days of this new-born season that’s now upon us!
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.