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A Portrait in Ink and Parsley

Cue the cheers and confetti!

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:

A Portrait in Ink and Parsley
A Portrait in Ink and Parsley

“Found Object Doodles (a.k.a. Sometimes It’s Okay To Play With Your Food Before Eating It)”  by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

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.

Cheers!

BristolArtMuseum

BAM! the new space

BristolArtMuseum

The Bristol Art Museum invites you to celebrate the opening of the new museum, and the artwork by Penelope Manzella and John Udvardy, this Sunday, December 8th from 1pm ’til 4pm in the newly-renovated carriage house at Linden Place on Hope Street in Bristol.  Read more about the renovation in the East Bay Newspapers article, “Bristol Art Museum celebrates grand opening on Sunday”.

One Last Sip of Summer

Artist collaborates with her 4-year-old - 02
©2013 Mica Angela Hendricks

The weather today in southern New England was glorious, like a last sip of summer vacation even though we’re a month into the new school year.  I was lucky enough to find a moment to pause and feel the sun on my face today, and in that moment I laughed at my naïve August optimism that I would be able to protect the unhurried feeling of summer vacation and carry it through the school year.  Nope.  Just over a month in, and I’ve already signed up myself and my kids for too many things!

Something’s gotta give, but I still want to keep this blog going.  I’ll let it unfold organically this year and see what happens.  For today, I wanted to share with you this lovely piece about the unexpected delights that can occur when we make art!

click the link below, or the picture above, to read more :)

“Collaborating with a 4-year Old”, from The Busy Mockingbird, 8/27/2013