First, Nathan Ford and the most brilliant idea!

July 20, 2014

As I was rushing thru the Painters marquee to get to the first practical class I booked myself in to. I saw loads of artists busily painting away or chatting to people in the middle of their stalls filled with paintings, postcards and posters, and then, I came to the stall of a young man named Nathan Ford.

This stall was empty except for a stool on which sat Nathan, a table with a box of used pencils and a large, toned canvas hanging on a wall.

He smiled at me and handed me a pencil.

I walked up to the canvas, completely overwhelmed, and drew a little ladybug on a small empty space, above someone’s heart.

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Then I stepped back and looked…

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and looked some more.

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And within two seconds of me moving away from the canvas, my position was taken up by more people with pencils, and then their position was taken up with others and so on and so on.

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And I stood there, took photos and watched, and it occurred to me that this is the most brilliant community project. Reflecting a community of people who share in the arts. Who are we there? We’re artists, and craftsmen, and laymen, and philistines, and children, and volunteers, and bored spouses, and ageing dreamers.

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And here, we’re all invited to make our mark.

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And, you know what? It’s irresistible. We all do. We step up to that canvas and mark it in our own way. We leave our own signature, or hand print, like a prehistoric man on the cave wall. It’s in our nature. I saw parents holding their children up to the canvas, I saw pensioners rolling up in their wheel chair, I saw strangers nudging each other, holding dog leashes, holding bags sunhats for each other, all for that precious mark on that wonderful canvas…connecting everyone.

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We’re royalty and we’re beggars, but we all come together to somehow celebrate art…somehow…in our own way, whether we disdain it and are being dragged along by our insufferable other, or whether we’ve flow half way around the world to be there. We are there, and we find something beautiful. And I don’t know if that something is simply the pretty girl walking past in the sexy sundress, or the amazing artistic expressions on display, we all find something, somehow, to admire.

And in that moment, we are all united. That’s the power of art.

By the way, Nathan won the Best of the Best award, chosen by all the demonstrating artists.

Practical class: Silk Painting 101
Art in Action 2014 part 1

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11 Comments

  • Reply bkdonegan July 20, 2014 at 3:47 am

    what a wonderful experience and such a great idea- sounds like a good venue to make something like that happen- wish there were more places for that πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica July 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Me too Kristen. I was wondering if I can’t start something like that just in my community. Maybe start at home. πŸ˜€

  • Reply vastlycurious.com July 20, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I would love to be surrounded by other artists. Something I have missed since college over 35 years ago.

    • Reply Veronica July 21, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Oh I know, me too. It’s important to have the like minded around isn’t it? Good thing we have each other. πŸ˜€

      • Reply vastlycurious.com July 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

        True or more accurately, I can watch you πŸ™‚

        • Reply Veronica July 22, 2014 at 1:40 am

          πŸ˜€

  • Reply Patty/NS July 20, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Absolutely wonderful!

    • Reply Veronica July 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

      It’s so wonderful! πŸ˜€

  • Reply daryledelstein July 21, 2014 at 8:17 am

    bravo to him .. it really is a brilliant idea …

    • Reply Veronica July 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

      So brilliant! I want to do something like that now and have everyone who visits leave some mark. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

  • Reply Nathan Ford November 2, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I’m so pleased that you got so much from it and that you want to run with the idea. I’m going to look for your ladybug in the morning. The piece is now complete in my opinion. I’ll send you a photo soon. The piece will go on show in January… I’ll keep you posted.

    ;-}

    Nathan

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