There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren
This week I am working at a school in Miami and staying with my good friend, Rowena. On Saturday, she and I (although, truthfully, barely I since it was truly her idea and really all I did was show up!) organized an impromptu “art party.” As a teacher by day and a closet artist on the side, Rowena has gobs of art supplies–good ones, too! She’s got a crazy variety that makes the artist in me feel like a kid in a candy shop. She thought it would be fun to invite over some fun people and have fun with art. Was I in? You bet.
We put out a bunch of groovy art stuff, Rowena made a fabulous fruit salad and then we waited for the good time to begin.
One of our guests was the effervescent Rogina Bolt, teacher by day and…. are you ready for this? Trapeze artist on the side! Rogina, because she is just that way, brought along her silks and, upon arriving, assessed the backyard for the tallest, sturdiest tree.
Then, she gave us all lessons in silk-hanging, or dangling, or whatever you call it. It was challenging but super fun! She’s pretty awesome at it and it was a real treat to watch her do her thing. Even better, though, she made us all feel a little bit like we could be in Cirque du Soleil.
Yeah, that’s me in that picture and, boy, was I feeling it the next day!
Other guests arrived with large canvases in tow, as well as more boxes of brushes and paints and, before long, everyone was about to give something a try… everyone!
Off to one side, I began working on the beginnings of an “intuitive painting” with anyone who wanted to make a mark. Collaborative painting brings people out of their self-conscious shells and helps them to muster up the courage to plop down some paint.
We all added to the painting and it continued to evolve. As the sun set and the night air began to give everyone a bit of a chill, the party dissipated and people said their good-byes. My host and her partner made me a lovely dinner and we toasted to a great afternoon. The next day, people called and texted to say how good it felt to do new things, to experience creativity and to be shown the way by others.
Afterwards, I continued to work on the painting and took great pleasure in the energy of many behind my hand as I pulled out the images. As I remembered the entire afternoon, I was thinking… what if we brought our skills and talents to a party like a covered dish of guacamole or a tray of crudité? What if we knew more about what the people around us did for fun? Wouldn’t it be the greatest kindness to give and receive these kinds of gifts? And, although I’m not thinking much about it here in The Sunshine State, I hear the groundhog has good news for those of us in the more wintery states.
TRY THIS WEEK: Think about what your impromptu party-goers would do?