Cynthia, Joyce and the Artists Circle knock one out of the park again with a timely burst of creativity about memories and home. Nothing could be more relevant this time of year.
It's such a fitting reminder for all of us. Never let go of those special memories and stories of happiness, comfort and the pure joy of home, especially during the holiday season.
Joyce and I welcomed Mark, Barbara, Anita, Bill, Vivian, Margaret, Jeanne and Larry to our Tuesday morning artists’ circle. It was the first gathering in December and our thoughts, stories, memories were on home. We all set out on a creative journey to capture the feelings of happiness, comfort and joy of home during the start of the holiday season. As the year ends and the winter holidays begin, our thoughts often turn to home.
Sharing What do you think of when you think of home?
Our sharing around our circle began by answering the deceptively simple question, What do you think of when you think of home? For some, home may be a house they grew up in or a house where they raised a family; for others home may be a light-filled place found in nature, a town or city; and, still for others home may reside somewhere deep within.
From a poem that was read aloud would our artists, when they thought of home, think of stars above, of all that is dear and kind, of songs and dancing, and would love come to mind?
When Anita thinks of home she remembers family around the dinner table—eating, playing games, laughing. When Bill thinks of home he remembers his mother's love, grace and spirit that were so comforting to him—especially when he was a young soldier. When Jeanne thinks of home she smiles sweetly and names her three cats with their mischievous ways and unconditional love. For Larry, home means his beautiful, kind, smart wife, Rotraut. Barbara remembers the second floor of a 3-story house she grew up in in Upstate NY as home. And, when Mark thinks of home the memory of a holly tree in the backyard is strong and clear.
We began with a visual art warm-up called painting doodles which is playing with and mixing watercolor paint colors on paper.
For it is the season. Be merry and be bright as your own thoughts are soon filled with home.
A very special thank you to Joyce who, as always, keeps our creativity flowing with her grace-filled presence.
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.