Recently I was commissioned by Fort Worth’s A Wish With Wings organization to Pop Up Studio in the parking lot of their headquarters. Objective to create a collaboration piece with the 9 2014 wish children (children with life threatening disease) to be auctioned off at the annual A Wish With Wings fundraising event. Which also gave me the opportunity to share my message to these children and their parents the magic creativity and imagination can be in the healing process for the child AND their loved ones.
As in every project I enter the Pop UP Studio collaboration process in a state of openness allowing the piece to reveal itself as I explore the viewers and invite them to paint with me and become the artist of the moment. I focus on getting brushes in the hands of others and allow my artist to be the inspiration and guide letting my personal technique to stay at bay. I save myself for the detail work of finalizing the piece in the private spaces of my studio and allow these artist to define the direction of the piece.
However, this group revealed more to me than this beautiful piece of art painted on the foundation of a children’s wooden picnic table. I found the tables turned as these children, who are in a fight for their very life, walked and rolled (in wheelchairs) into my studio (oxygen tanks in tow) with their own inspiration, love and joy to share with me. How I could write at length of this 2 hour process became lifelong inspiration that continues to grow inside of me.
My own wings, the ones that forced me out of my cocoon found lift from these precious angels. I take the time to share about my connection with the amazing Soul called Brandon. A Quadriplegic from birth who rolled in the studio with a presence I’ve rarely experienced in my life. His only control through the movement of his eyes, Brandon allows his beingness to be the guide which others may connect with him. Without language he was able to pick his favorite color of blue, his joy told me he preferred painting with his fingers over the paint brush. He invited me to paint with him and gave me a gift I will forever treasure. When the amazing women who run this organization asked if Brandon would be able to participate I answered, how I’ve become accustomed in the past year as my work is constantly revealing itself in new way, YES! I knew through my openness that Brandon and I would figure it out together and we did. Collaboration was redefined in the moment I met Brandon. He showed me that truly an act of service is when 2 souls become one and together when each brings their strength and opens their wings fully with the other both souls fly higher.