The Circle of Artists is back with their usual wonderful process of expression. I love the way they tie in music, art and the world around us. This post is especially good as two of the artists share their thoughts on the their work as well.
As I've written so many times in the past, wouldn't it be amazing if the corporate world worked the same way? I'd love to see a few executives in a major construction corporation start a meeting by thinking about the beauty around them and then focus on the tasks at hand: essentially taking a minute to stop and smell the roses before covering them with a new high-rise!
“I don’t know what it is about being here, but, I feel I am able to create in ways I could never imagine. There’s something special that happens.” Margaret
It was another creative Tuesday morning at SFC with Vivian, Bill, Margaret, Jeanne, Larry, Anita, Mark and Barbara around our table. We were once again inspired by the cool crispness of the fall season, the sights, sounds, colors, shapes, images, activities that make this time of year so very special. After vocal warm-ups we all sang the sadly sweet romantic song “Skylark” by Johnnie Mercer and Hoagie Carmichael. We actually sounded quite good—starting and ending together was a bonus!
Then Joyce and I invited our artists to share their favorite stories and memories of fall days—raking + burning! leaves, returning to school schedules and gathering warmer clothing for cooler days and nights ahead. Mark fondly remembered hunting for squirrels and ducks in the woods of Maryland and Delaware with friends. Bill shared his story of rescuing a baby squirrel, Mike, and becoming “Mama Bill” to him (or perhaps it was a her). Since Bill was the first person Mike saw upon opening his eyes, an instant bond was forged between the two. For more than a year Bill cared for Mike, even being interviewed by the local newspaper, until one day it was time for Mike to return to the woods.
"Look at that. We all created such wonderful and different pictures this morning.” Anita
With scenes, colors, stories, memories of fall swaying in their imaginations, Joyce and I asked each of our artists to create a landscape or portrait that would reflect something they enjoyed, and may continue to enjoy, experiencing in nature. Starting with a favorite fall color, a shape or an image here is what our artists created using watercolor paints on paper.
Anita was right. Everyone created such wonderful and different pictures yesterday morning.
Take a few moments to see the beautiful scenes before you.
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.