Monday, May 5, 2014

A Year of Kindness - Challenge Week 18

Last week I challenged you all to abandon some art. I heard from several of you who were involved in a special quilt project (I was invited to participate at the very last moment, turned a quilt square around and in the mail same day, never took a picture!). I also heard from Rinda who actually did a public art abandonment and blogged about it here.  Way to go Rinda!

I decided to take myself up on my challenge. I painted rocks. Turns out to be harder than I thought. I had polished rocks purchased at Michaels - next time I'll try rocks picked up at the park, complete with rough texture to give the paint something to stick to.  After a base coat, I wrote affirmations on the rocks with a white pen. At which point I discovered that the rocks I had chosen (mostly the size of a dime to maybe a quarter) were too small to write on comfortably. I persevered and ended up with this little collection:

(shown significantly larger than life!).

I decided that for now I needed the reminder and kept the "just play" one for myself.

I put the rest in my pocket and headed to work on Thursday morning. I dropped one on the bench outside my building. After my work meeting, I met up with Melissa who was in Pennsylvania for the weekend. I met her and Robbie at the King of Prussia Mall. Dropped a rock on a pillar outside the mall, a second on a bench inside the mall. After lunch, we drove around Valley Forge National Park. I dropped one at the Visitor's Center gift shop while Melissa and Robbie were buying books. And I dropped the final one on a bench near Washington's Headquarters. That last one was found immediately and snatched up.  I hope the rest of them found good homes.

Having done the rock drop, yes, I'm ready to try it again. I'm also mulling over some ideas for tag art or small canvases....  It felt good to know that I had hopefully made someone's day or at least made them smile for a minute.

And now for this week's challenge...

LOOK UP

Inspired by this video that came across my Facebook Feed and really touched my heart. Please take five minutes to watch it:



The whole point is to be kind - to ourselves and others- by LIVING our lives in the moment, instead of having our noses constantly stuck in front of a screen. Yes, I get the irony that the video began on YouTube and is going viral via the very social media it is trying to get us to step away from. Yes, I get that I couldn't be sharing it with you without my blog or my facebook page. But the message is still valid and worth the reminder.

So Look Up! I'm here, smiling and waving and saying hello! (Ironically from the very screen you need to look up from). Now turn off your computer and go live for a bit!

10 comments:

alexa said...

Those stone are in some of my favourite colours - I am sure they will be noticed and picked up :). I watched your video link - I don't entirely agree with his thesis, but it is always good to ensure that we connect with others in lots of different ways.

debs14 said...

I like this idea of leaving painted stones around to be picked up! How great that you were able to witness someone finding one of them!

Barbara Eads said...

I really like the idea of leaving the rocks around for people to find. I'm filing that along with other good ideas. One of these days....

scrappyjacky said...

I love the stones...such a simple, but effective idea.....I'm sure they will all get taken and appreciated.
Living near the beach I've often painted stones with children before....so I may give this idea a go.
I didn't leave anything in a public place....but did have a blog giveaway.

Karen said...

Love how the stones turned out and the idea of leaving them to be found is so nice.

Sian said...

Painted stones are perfect for abandoning - who would be able to resist picking one of these up? A very clever choice, I think!

Waving back and look, I'm setting my card up on the shelf where everyone can admire it :)

Alison said...

Love the rock idea...and I must to confess to living life at the moment , as opposed to spending much time online...hence the reason for my lack of commenting...hope all's well with you
Alison xx

Melissa said...

Well, I didn't participate in the art abandonment . . . unless you count finding and snatching up some of it! (big grin) I love that video & think I've been doing a good job this year of getting out & looking up from social media more. I've made so many friends through online classes & blogging, but meeting them in person & spending time together is so much more FUN!

Karen said...

I love the idea of painted rocks! I may take this one on. I love the way you've managed to find so many ways to initiate kindness!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Those stones are a great abandonment. I try to look up whenever I take the dogs out to the back yard. I breathe the cool air and admire the sky. It always freshens my perspective.
Rinda