Thank you to everyone who made it to the launch event this past Sunday. It was a delight to share the project with all those who dropped by. The launch was a casual meet and great, there were five touch boxes set up where participants reached in to feel objects found in nature and draw those sensations. Then they added colour to those drawings at the painting area beside it and experimented with the invasive plant inks. We also enjoyed some themed treats of butterfly cookies, blueberry tea and blackberry chocolates to tie in with the setting. Someday I hope to find newt cookies for our next event.
I loved the faces many made when feeling the objects in the boxes and the wrinkling of noses when first smelling the vinegar-based inks. There were many moments of awe, especially upon discovering the richness of the inks and their meaning. Some were surprised at the concept of the project as this approach to art was very foreign to them. That redefining of what art can be brought me great joy.
Some took time to warm up to the idea of trying something new and I was, in turn, awed by the courage taken to make that decision to try. A few opened up about their background and the beauty of being able to spend an afternoon in nature while some just watched us with smiles and acknowledgement. A bird photographer sat nearby for a couple hours, checking in on us once in a while. A few times right as he turned to converse, a hummingbird flew in right on que, causing him to miss his shot and bringing chuckles of encouragement. He redefined the word patience for me.
It was a beautiful day spent drawing, painting and chatting at the Nature Park. I felt there was something special about a space created where one can linger, discover, ponder and observe – each taking part in our own way in comprehending the community we have and the nature that surrounds us.