We gathered at the Golden Age Club in the East Village this afternoon for a second painting activity. It was a glorious thing to see Harold and the T-girl and to be able to get big hugs from them. Needless to say, we all miss Gorilla House and I ache for the friends who I met there. After setting out the basics on the tables, I relished sitting back and relaxing as a number of folk came in…we conversed and shared in treats donated generously by Brulee Patisserie.
The participants in create! were enthusiastic and patiently explored the notions of foreground, middle ground and background as well as how to create the illusion of form out of a flat shape. Building upon the skills explored earlier this week, we began to speak about issues of composition; static versus dynamic and added shades into the mix. The break out moment was the exploration once each artist had created three spheres, dynamically placed, into their compositions.
I was blessed by the sense of calm that filled the room…bathed in afternoon sunshine, create! was the place to be. Thanks to Dan’l for the Mona Lisa joke…to Larry for his stories of Vimy…to Fran, for reading the Bricklayer’s Lunch Hour by Allen Ginsberg and for memories of her sister, Louise Marie Rose…to Jennifer, for painting in violet…to Noelle who wore pink and painted pink…for Georgia for asking about contrast…to d-rae for focusing so intently on the details and to two new painters, a daughter and her mother because they painted after years of watching Bob Ross on television (“We don’t make mistakes; we just have happy accidents.”), without ever having painted…for Wendy Lees who shared her dream with all of us when she opened up programs in EV.
It was an afternoon of light and joy and peace.