I really enjoy doing art projects with the boys; it may be messy but it is always fulfilling. What occupied my mind today, though, wasn’t the end product of the wet on wet watercolour painting we did, but the bi-products of our session. The feeling in the room as the mood changed, as both boys settled down to their work, exploring the process in their own way and revealing so much of their unique selves in the process.
Walking his own path, his mind oblivious to boundaries or the ‘right’ way.
Exploring his vision, a clear goal and the determination that it be just right.
In each boy I see a shift since the last time we painted like this, a move towards their future selves, a hint of who they might become. Each boy displayed a little more refinement than the last time we worked together and, I hope, we each found a little more acceptance of where we are right now.
Then there is the art that came about by accident, the art we created simply by our perspective. We see not water on a table but an inverted version of the painting just lifted away. Proof that something took place here, proof of our creativity, however ephemeral.
And there was the exciting exploration of performance art as Neirin created his new masterpiece Stickers On Carpet Near Potty, Unused.
The real beauty, of course, was in the peace of the moment. That peculiar mixture of silence combined with the sound of intense concentration. For those moments we were all present, together in the now of our own creativity. Walking not the same path but alongside one another and stealing glances at each others work, taking inspiration for each other’s methods. I am reminded, once more, that the real art is in not the paintings but the moments that we create. The art of living.