I spent most of today at the art show for Bridge Meadows, the community I live in. It’s an inter-generational community where elders (people over 55) support families adopting children from the foster care system. In exchange for affordable housing, elders mentor children. I lead several art classes and mentor children in art and reading. Once a year we have a recycled materials art show — Box Art. This year we made Box Meadows, a little village made of imagination and cardboard and other recycled material. It was a lot of fun, and many supporters of Bridge Meadows came to see what the children created.
Before I went to help set up the show, I did my daily drawing. A few days ago, I’d had a conversation with a friend about animal tokens and symbols. I said I was a turtle, tree, fox, monkey. She asked what that would look like, so I tried to draw it.
I was in a rush, but I’m glad I took the time to think about the way we create symbols in our lives, the way color elevates our moods, and the way I perceive myself changes over time.
I’m drawing daily to help manage depression, long-term disability, and life in general. If you’d like to see the beginning of this project, you can see it here. You can also follow me through WordPress or on Facebook.
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