It's another wonderful session with Cynthia Bydlinski and the Circle of Artists. I especially like the process of this session and the way it's described. Her comment says it all, "It's an act of courage to explore."
Life is an amazing journey and the way each artist expresses themselves and is willing to share their story is pretty remarkable. A big thanks to these artists for teaching us so much about self-expression.
by Cynthia Bydlinski
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.
EXPLORE DREAM DISCOVER
Sharing around our table got us started. Where had we been, what had we done, with whom had we ventured near or far from home? Stories and memories surfaced of being in Vietnam and then visiting beautiful Thailand, living and working for a year in the Middle East, being a student in France and hiking the hills of Maryland and backpacking through mountains. Reflections of these past adventures reminded us of the various sights, sounds, people, conditions, cultures that make travel so important to who we are.
Then our artists were invited to explore objects from nature that had been placed before them. Small limes from a backyard tree, berry sprigs and flower sprigs from a bush and pinecones from a nearby tree were gently cradled in hands. Observing and then answering questions about shapes, textures, colors brought creative attention to what was before us. Imaginations then conjured up and shared scenes of where these objects could be found—in the yard, by a home, in the woods, on top of a majestic tree.
That got me thinking. If sketching and doodling say something about us (and they do) what do you think painting a portrait or drawing a landscape might say?
Happy Columbus Day!
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.