“Power of Art”
There have been some changes in the past month or more in my life.
I’m going from a part time job at a school to working full time for an organization that works with adults with physical or mental challenges. This organization incorporates arts and music into the program to help their clients grow and become independent.
I will be able to use my creative knowledge and experience in this job. I
have experienced how art has the power of making change happen.
I was a teenager when I first met my cousin, who has cri de chat. Cri de chat is a rare form of an abnormality in the chromosomes. A person who has this will be mentally and physically challenged. As with any mental/physical challenge, the extent of it varies with each individual.
I was simply excited about having a younger cousin. I wanted to play with her. So I showed her all of my toys. I wanted her to pick something out to play with. She just seemed to have this blank look on her face and she was withdrawn.
After she went to bed, I asked my Aunt, “How do you play with her?” She told me to just be patient.
The next morning I saw her sitting in the kitchen. My mom had given her a pad of paper and a pen. I got excited. I asked my aunt, “Oh, so she likes to draw?” She said, “Yes,.but she doesn’t really draw, she just scribbles”.
I had a light bulb moment. “Drawing. scribbling. What’s the difference?”. For the first time, I saw her doing something I knew required the mind being engaged. I sat down next to her. She stopped doing what she was doing. No surprise to me. I picked up the pen. She seemed a little withdrawn. I drew a happy face on the pad. Well, she turned and looked at me with the biggest, brightest smile on her face.
I looked at her in amazement. “Nice to meet you.”.
I gave the pen back to her. She started to draw, but seemed a little frustrated. I said, “Wait, stop. I’ll show you”. I showed her, then handed the pen to her. “Now you do it”. She moved the pen as I had shown her. We would spend a lot of time drawing together. Even now, she and I still do a lot of drawing. Inspiration and passion guide us.
Art can play a powerful part in our lives.
“Le Cadeau du Cheval“
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help
spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.