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Detail/ Tres Manos Copyright Lisa Brunetti

Detail/ Tres Manos Copyright Lisa Brunetti 2012

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook

Once upon a time, long long ago, a precious four-year old burst into tears when the art teacher stepped into his classroom on the second week of school.   “Art?” little Sam whimpered, “My mother didn’t tell me about art….”   He cried and cried and eventually stopped — about the time class was over for the day.

Students love to inspect my basket of art materials...

Students loved inspecting my basket of art materials…

A week passed, and I again disrupted his normal routine, and he cried again.. Not so much, but my presence made him uncomfortable…  He cried during the first part of class, but then calmed.  I think by the third week he accepted this strange interuption and in another month, he embraced the concept of art and all of the surprises that the art teacher shared with his four-year old peers.   I often said that teaching those four-year olds was a bit like jugging one too many balls; their attention spans were short, so I tried to provide many options each week to hold their interests …

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Four years later when that same cluster of students was drawing one of their classmates who sat in one lone chair in the middle of the room, I silently marveled, “Wow.. they are getting a likeness, not just an icon, and they probably should not have the skills to do this at this age – but no one has told them that they couldn’t… and Mrs. B believes in them – therefore they did it – and did it well!”

Pencil - from life - 1993 -Hen with chicks beneath forsythia...

Pencil – from life – 1993 -Hen with chicks beneath forsythia…

(Fast forward 25 years or so – Mindo, Ecuador)       This past week I have not been teaching little ones, but my friend Marie and I have been having uninhibited childlike fun as we pull together a forlorn/generic little apartment into a quaint living space.  This space joins my equally-petite living quarters, but the focus has been to transform one that will be used for tourist rental.

Years ago I bought the white one from a young boy for seven dollars and painted it in Zeebra style!

Years ago I bought the white one from a young boy for seven dollars and painted it in Zeebra style!

There’s a tiny kitchen, one bedroom with full bed, a bath with hot water, and two little sitting areas.   It’s a perfect spot for my present needs, and in another month there should be a new plan for the next chapter…

Taking advantage of a rare quiet segment of time, I present to you the world’s first glimpse at part of the bedroom area of The Artist’s Nest!

Here's a peek... We painted the headboard first, and all else fell into place!

Here’s a peek… There are lamps to be wired and misc items awaiting attention;  we painted the headboard first, and all else fell into place!

Marie will return to Costa Rica on Tuesday, but this little apartment will forever retain part of her energy!

Since Casa Loca needs a good cleaning, four panels from The Mola Series (2012) found a vacation home!

Since Casa Loca needs a good cleaning, four panels from The Mola Series (2012) found a vacation home!

Until next time,

Lisa/Z

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