Sometimes it’s really important to step back and play. The trouble with artists and crafters – ie ME – is that playtime often involves more of the same.
Today was different – my playtime involved walking in the sunshine which in itself was a huge change as we have been experiencing violent gales and rain for weeks now. Much of the seaside area close to my home has been damaged. However the sun shone the whole day today and so I walked along the prom – very happily!
My friend was working today, so I borrowed her husband for an hour or two to have coffee and see an art exhibition and sellers market near to their home. There was a play table ( in the cafe area) with a notice inviting people to create badges. Well I couldn’t resist. By the session starting time – not his things at all – my friend’s husband wanted to go home and watch footie on TV. I was free to play to my heart’s content – and play I did.
I just let the child in me have fun. I created childlike drawings and coloured them in with felt tipped pens – there was even some some shiny metallic paper. Finally I added a few words. Huge fun. I was the only person at the play table. No one else stopped by – and there were no kids around. Then out of the blue another friend came and said hello – she didn’t stop to play – she didn’t have the time. So I continued to have fun alone. ( Can you imagine my joy – I had a whole table to myself – with all those coloured felt tipped pens and metallic foil! ) Needless to say many adults looked and smiled – but hurried on by. A few minutes later another friend stopped by to say hello. She thought I was running the class. I explained I was just playing – just wanted to enjoy ! She sat a while and we chatted – and then she joined in too. So now there were two adults playing. A little while later three more adult friends passed by and said hello – and they all joined in! Very soon the table was full of adults playing We had a ball. ( I just realised I am lucky to have so many arty friends!)
Below is the ‘naive’ result of my bit of fun! Not at all like my own art … this was just the child playing … the child being me! I quite liked the orange one in the middle with the gold heart and wore it home …. and received quite a few comments too! My second favourite was the orange and green one with writing.
I’m into hearts as you can see – and this playtime today was quite different to the ceramic hearts I recently created.
It was a happy play-day Sunday. I should do it more often!