I was thinking a great deal about Katrin’s drawing challenge this week. The idea of movement is so wonderful. Robert, Chloe and I like to move. We like to dance, we like to swim, to skate, to drive our cars really fast. We move between houses, between countries, between world…I love to be free to move. Free as a bird. That freedom to do as I please, (within reason), it’s one of the greatest things in my life.
So where to start with this challenge?
Well, I thought I would like to start by showing you this little book.
It would seem that at the turn of the 20th century, there once was a girl just like me!
Her name was May Grantham, and she lived in England, and, for what seems like ten years, she travelled the world with this little book.
Everywhere she went, she collected friends who drew on the pages of her book.
Some singed their names, some wrote silly little things, some painted beautiful little paintings.
But the common theme here is that May Grantham moved. She moved between friends, between countries, over the ten years, she moved and collected memories in the pages of this book.
And I think that’s pretty much what we all do. We move.
I might move between countries, but I also move thru my life. Forging on ahead. Sometimes in baby steps, sometimes full speed. I make loads of mistakes as I move, I turn back and recount my steps more often that I care to admit. I’m carrying on, being brave, forging new paths.
Ha! Kind of makes this painting a bit redundant, doesn’t it?
Art: Chickadee on a 1910 hymnal “Like Angel Whisper Stealing”. Chickadee and quaking aspen painted with watercolours, watercolour pencils, and inks.