Sometimes when I am collaging or drawing, my son, Davis, will want to create art side-by-side with me. I often collage while sitting on the floor of my home studio/office so there is plenty of room for Davis to join me. My deep love of decorative and handmade papers means there is always an abundance of collage materials and I keep a good stock of non-toxic adhesives on hand. Add in a couple of pairs of scissors and we are ready to create some art! Sometimes Davis will collage based on the same theme I am working on such as when we created side-by-side pieces inspired by the summer rainstorms here in Tucson. Below you can see the piece Davis made (I have this one hanging next to my desk).
And the one I created.
At other times Davis launches himself into intricate drawings of irrigation systems or diagrams of how storm water drains here in the desert, subjects I have never thought to tackle! Our styles are very different and I love to watch him create and express himself through art.
I think about the human body a lot. I was a massage therapist for over 20 years and once you become intimate with human anatomy you never really lose that awareness. Being trained as a massage therapist changed the way I interact with my own body. From applying lotion to taking care of myself when I'm sick to giving birth to my son, everything is different.
Lately I've been exploring the idea of human connection on a cellar and anatomical level and how that relates to connection on a personal level. Connection is a basic need, occurring billions of times a day on a cellular level. And without connection on a human, personal level we can no longer thrive. There are many ways to conenct with other people. Sending a greeting card is about making connection, from a simple, sweet hello to an intimate message of love, gratitude, or sympathy.
Connection starts on a cellular level. Connection is how our bodies form and develop.
Connection can have an amazingly positive effect on us.
And continued connection within ourselves is critical to being alive and being present.
So take the time to connect with yourself and to connect with others. Connection is what keeps us alive and thriving!
When I choose a love note to transform into a greeting card there are two main things I look for. First, I want a message that can reach a wider audience than my now six-year old son. (He's a wonderful audience, but an audience of one nonetheless!) Second, I want an image that will easily work in the traditional card format. For me that size is 4.5"x 6.25".
The first evolution I'm spotlighting on the blog is the Light Up Card.
The original love note looked like this, a quick sketch of Davis's snap circuit set and a sweet note. When I created this note we had just been learning how to build functioning circuits.
and the greeting card looks like this
Of course there are a number of differences between the original love note and the finished greeting card (I didn't think the greeting card should have the "love Mama and Papa" signature!), but the original concept is present. The fact that the connecting a simple electric circuit makes a bulb light up is true whether you are a curious preschooler, a busy college student, a tired parent, or a 60-year-old business man or woman. And like basic electrical circuitry, human connection is the same whatever our age. So take the time today to connect with someone you love and light up!