The thing about a challenge is there’s an accountability to do it, a need to succeed. This is exactly why I set this challenge up for myself at the beginning of April and why I found myself sitting in my studio tonight literally at the 11th hour painting the first layer on a handful of rocks.
After spending last night and all of today at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa with Goose’s Girl Scout troop I came home exhausted. Being a mom is a bit tiring sometimes! I was so tired I really, really didn’t want to do anything except veg out on the couch, eat the Easter candy I bought for goodie bags for Goose’s upcoming birthday party, and binge watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix. I managed to cross off the first two items on my to do list before the need to do what I said I would with this challenge got the better of me.
So I popped into my studio and decided to put the first coat of paint on some rocks that we will be painting tomorrow and then hiding around town for other people to find. We had been planning on doing this anyway, but then Goose found her first painted rock while we were at the zoo. This motivated me to get going with this project. She was so excited and her Girl Scout sisters were equally as excited by what she found. They loved hearing all about rock painting and hiding. They really got into working together to re-hide the rock. Each time we walked past the hiding spot they had to check on it. Watching them eagerly going to find it, getting excited when it had moved, and then really excited when it disappeared completely made me want to bring that kind of joy to others. It also reminded me just how much so many of us crave a little art in our lives, both as a creator and as an observer. Art is powerful to all that experience it in it’s many forms. Art has the power to unite us. This reminder all from the interaction of a group of Daisy Girl Scouts with a painted rock.
So while my creativity was very simple tonight, it was also very meaningful. Sometimes the simple really is the most profound.
Have you ever done rock painting and then hid them for others to find?