"We did this!"  (Koen Family "Gone Fishin'" project...

“We did this!” (Koen Family) “Gone Fishin'” project…

“Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.”–Henry David Thoreau

My oldest sister’s family and I took a Timeout for Art two weekends ago. Retreating to their cabin on Lake Chicot near Lake Village, Arkansas, we threw our energies into a collective painting project. My sister Kate retrieved some of her favorite lures that provided inspiration for the design.

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We took turns drawing lures, while I urged them to draw and paint with the spirit of a child so that accuracy played little importance.  (Serious fisher-persons sometimes have trouble altering the colors of authentic lures!)

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Time flew as we swapped colors, admired each other’s work and urged the bashful ones to ‘paint for just five minutes.‘     Once Dana quietly asked, “How did you mix that color?’ and she watched a silent demonstration and then replicated the chartreuse color.


It’s truly an easy process if one slows down and pays attention!

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Kate, Karen, Don, Dana and “Big” Don Koen

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The responsible ones, Don, Dana and Karen worked until time to leave for Little Rock, where their Monday job obligations awaited. Kate, “Big Don” and I remained behind and finished filling in the colors before driving to their home in Monticello Arkansas. The next morning I tweaked a few areas, strengthened several others, then added the black lines that pulled the design together.

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The next day we drove to Little Rock and surprised everyone with three copies made that day at Office Depot! Instead of trimming all four borders, we left one edge for everyone to autograph! The original will preside over the cabin on the lake, and the copies will live in the artists’ homes.

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Of course you can do this if you keep the designs simple, the lines orderly and wide enough for easy painting. It doesn’t have to be a big project – start small – ready, set, START DRAWING!

This post was written from a sunny nook in the Natchez Mississippi Public Library!

Siempre,
Z

PS- The Don in this post is the same Don featured HERE: WHEN THE WORLD OUTSIDE MY WINDOW GOES INSANE.

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