We painted yesterday at the Summit Medical Group Live Well Sports & Health Festival, and received this note and foto afterwards:
“Just a short note of thanks. Got a chance to see you and your crew at work today at the Wellness Fair. I am sure that most of the communication you have is with parents… but all I was looking at was the faces of the kids as they walked away. Every single one of them had a shine, a glimmer… not sure what it is about you and your artists… but it highlights a moment in those children’s lives. A short moment maybe, but more importantly… a couple of grownups saw it… and for a few seconds were reminded of better times and childhood.”
Such a thoughtful, encouraging note. As we have worked through the years to find a way to make real art when we paint faces we have come to realize that more important than what we paint on a child’s face is the interaction we have with them as artists. One of the winners at the Unique Art Awards event the previous night, Larry Moss, who makes art out of balloons, spoke about the value of creating art in such an accessible medium, bringing it off the museum wall and into a kid’s life.
Or, in our case, onto a kid’s face. This face, for a girl who said the activity she likes to do is “swinging”, was painted by Britt, and I’m so fortunate to have such talented artists to work alongside. I plan on posting more fotos from the event tomorrow.