Happy New Year! Have you noticed any thoughts of possible resolutions drifting through your mind these days? Personally, I dislike resolutions … they seem to come pre-packaged with the cynical threat of failure. I prefer the anticipation of embracing new ideas, trying new things, and nurturing new habits. These seem somehow friendlier and more approachable. And so, may I humbly submit for your consideration this friendly and (perhaps) new habit for 2014: Found-Object Doodling!
I saw this, a couple of days ago, on the inkygirl blog by children’s book writer & illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and I wanted to share it with you:
Ah! Inspiring in the best sense of the word, because this is something everyone can do! Click on the photo above, or the article link, to read (and see) more. Doodling will warm-up your creative muscles, and there’s no pressure to “make it perfect”. It’ll bring a smile to your face and to those around you. It contributes more art to the world and reminds us that art is all around us. And all it takes to get started is a Sharpie in your pocket.
“Unfortunately, in one way or another the world is going to tell you every day that you shouldn’t try to be an artist. But for three minutes here today, I want to tell you that you should. I hope you do it. With everything you have.” ~Blake Morgan
Bookmark it. Share it on Facebook. Tweet about it. Refer to it in conversations with school committee officials and policy wonks, businesspeople and community leaders. Print it out and bring it to your holiday family dinners, to have at-the-ready! And please, share it with your kids.
Many thanks, C.B., for reading so much and sharing the good stuff!
Halloween is next week! It’s sort of sneaking up on us this year, perhaps because of the warm weather we’ve been having this fall. Until yesterday, that is. Finally, the air has that chilly autumn snap to it, and the local Halloween happenings are right around the corner:
●Take a walk down Hope Street in downtown Bristol for the 10th Annual Halloween Walkabout on Sunday, October 27th from 1pm ’til 3pm. The Downtown Bristol Merchants’ Association invites you to bring your children (dressed in costume) downtown and stroll all the shops for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.
●And for families with older children and teens, the Mt. Hope Masqueraders invite you to visit their Haunted House, if you dare, on Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30pm ’til 8:30pm in the MHHS Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Bristol. There will be two tours: Scary, for the bravest guests, and Not-So-Scary, for the younger (and/or more timid) crowd. There will also be face-painting, a fortune-teller, refreshments, games, and prizes. Tickets are $5 and come with two game-passes; contact Carol Schlink at MHHS for more information.