You may also feel so inclined to take a photo of what you do with said piece, and share that photo back on its Facebook page at TonightsWatercolor.com or CREATEandGIFT.org
Wouldn’t that be nice to see?
Seeing art spread is a gift
I hope you experience as well.
I lived in 3 different cities throughout 2010, often in homes with many people. I wasn’t moving because I had to, but because I wanted to. Though I wasn’t making much money, I was lucky for these moves and always welcomed the change.
I also had a lot of friends around thankfully. And often, when I would paint Tonight’s Watercolor! each night, others would paint with me. When you live with a lot of people, you often meet new people; and when I did, they’d ask what I was doing,
“What are you doing?”
I’d invite them to paint with us and do you know what they’d say almost every time?
Sometimes people would jump right in... but most often?
“No thanks. I can’t paint.”
YOU CAN. YOU. JUST. DON’T.
After a little prodding, some people set out to paint or draw for the first time in a very long while.... some said nothing and just took the brush.
Some of you jumped right in, eager.
And seeing the brilliant, ridiculous, and inspiring things that others have painted themselves... where they were initially a little apprehensive about picking up a brush at all in the first place... has been a gift to me I won't try to describe.
WE GET MORE
WHEN WE GIVE.
These are a few that were painted by friends and gifted to me.
I’ve taken them with me as I’ve moved around the world.
When that earthquake struck Haiti early in Jan. 2010, I decided I’d make these new watercolors available for free to people who donated to relief efforts.
I hoped that with maybe a small, yet generous donation from a relative, I could then even offer free shipping.
100% absolutely completely free art to the first person who asks for whichever one
- snail mail from my home to yours.
Talking with others, I’ve found that when we think of watercolor specifically, it’s not uncommon that many of us are picturing these thousand dollar works framed and hanging on plain white walls in expensive and gorgeous galleries in suave cities with names like NYC and London …those metal guard posts of swinging red velvet ever present.
And what’s more, these “pieces” - often very simple and rather minimalist - are somehow all the more pretentious and arrogant...
And that is unapproachable.
This socialized fear of art and an “I can’t paint” mentality toward it is not conducive to creativity.
AND THE WORLD NEEDS MORE CREATIVE PEOPLE.
Tonight’s Watercolor! began as a resolution to make my own “me time” of colorblind creation each day.
I invite you to do the same.
One of the coolest aspects of this entire effort is that I literally can now look back at every single day, every single painting I did that year and remember that part of my evening - where in the house I was - who I was with
…yes, sometimes the weather.
And I saw throughout that year how amazing creativity is, how it can be if we give that little bit of ourselves to it each day. Making time.
There were nights when I was completely uninspired.
And it shows.
Those pieces are terrible!
Many of them suck.
But that’s a moot point.
After all, I am colorblind.
Sometime between Christmas 2009 and the ensuing New Year, my sister Tara, took up her own resolutions and cleaned out her closet.
So it was among this dusty pile of crap pouring out into the hall that I unearthed a new and unused, eight piece watercolor set from Caldor, still with its $0.89 price tag circa 1994.
Coincidentally too, for the few days preceding this find, I had been wanting to depict a certain picture
- the one with the date of "Fri. 1, Jan. 2010."
Before this new non-toxic, semi-moist friend by RoseArt came into my life, I had only really seen the options in drawing stick-figures.
And so I began to paint for the first time since probably 9th grade art class. When I finished that night, I thought I'd paint another one the next day, and make it a two-part series.
On Jan. 3rd, I just wanted to see a Pirate Ship.
Every day. This is how an appreciation is born.
I think something about an 8-piece tray of Crayola’s washable watercolor paints and crappy 8.5”x11” printer paper makes the prospect of creating art a little less intimidating for a lot of us.
I like to paint
like I’m 5 again.
Give me Kindergarten.