I often take part in Free Art Friday and the Art Abandonment project.
My latest piece I set free was a watercolour postcard.
It is not based on any particular country or province but rather the green was a mop up from an earlier painting and after carrying it around in my sketchbook for a few weeks I suddenly realised it looked a little like a map outline!
I added some blue for the sea and used my new Uniball pens to add some outlines and lettering (see my earlier post about the set I was given, they are great fineliners and are waterproof so I can doodle over watercolours without fear of the pen bleeding).
Following from the whole Brexit debate reminded me that regardless of whether one agrees with other peoples views we are lucky to live in a country that allows free speech and the right to vote and we should respect that.
I am lucky that I work in an organisation with a very diverse workforce made up of many different races, religions and orientations and this means I am regularly exposed to many differing views (and some SERIOUS lunchbox envy at the canteen-boy they look and smell much more appetising than cheese sarnies I can tell you!!) and I believe I am a better person for this.
With this in mind I chose the words to represent different 'Countries/States".
As I am in hospital regularly there is also diverse workforce there and the words also struck a chord with me as to how patients should also be treated so I decided to abandon it there.
Imagine my surprise when further up the hospital I came across a box and lots of knitting with a sign saying "Knit with me"....so as I had time to kill, I did. Now, I am not a great knitter but I was thrilled that I remembered the basic knit (which is what all the little squares were)
Upon closer inspection I realised that the many of the knitted squares had been made into envelopes and had signs on them saying "open here" and "To: You....really you" and "I'm not lost I'm for you".
So I picked one up and opened it up and found this message!
On the back it said that the words had been collected from patients, visitors and staff to the hospital in the hope that they maybe just what you need to hear today!!
It is the Envlop Project (https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/fresh-arts)
What a fabulous idea. I love seeing the changing art installations around the hospital. When you are there it makes it SO much more welcoming and how lovely that whilst I was there abandoning art there was another doing it too!!
If you fancy abandoning art or taking part in Free Art Friday then just search for them on Facebook and the groups should come up.