A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 27: The Return of Fun and Imagination

 

tree-house

Tree House

I work at a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Back before I was given the opportunity to lead an art studio at the program, I was mostly helping to lead the recreational component of what we do. We would take the individuals out bowling, swimming, visiting museums, doing volunteer work, and many other things. But we also spent time back at the program doing simple crafts and coloring pages. It was at that time that I began to draw again just for fun. Since I had pencil crayons and construction paper available, plus a handy-dandy spirograph set, I let my imagination flow around the motifs of those strange shapes and bright colors. What developed was a series of fantastical drawings, many of which look like illustrations for children’s books, meant to promote a story in the mind of the viewer.

I love stories. One of my favorite things about being a dad was the hours and hours I spent reading stories to my kids. I look at these drawings again and I can’t help but love them. Not because they are the greatest work I’ve ever done, but because they were done in great affection and a feeling of creative freedom. Considering them now, they were a wonderful place to start for someone so long removed from creating art. The fun returned and the imagination was re-engaged.

Here are those drawings for you to see. I hope you have fun with them. And maybe, must maybe, your imagination will be rekindled, too. Let the story unfold…

asian-bridge

Asian Bridge

balloon-tree

Balloon Tree

butterfly-rider

Butterfly Rider

candyland

Candyland

castle-path

Castle Path

desert-sun

Desert Sun

dragon-bridge

Dragon Bridge

dragon-fire

Dragon Fire

fairies-001

Fairies

freaky-thingies-001

Freaky Thingies

giant-001

Giant’s Town

grumpy-tree

Grumpy Tree

mermaid-001

Mermaid

monster-loch

Monster Loch

moon-confused

Moon Confused

mountains

Mountains

mushroom-tower-001

Mushroom Tower

psychedaisies

Psychedaisies

rocket-sun

Rocket Sun

sea-monster-001

Sea Monster

space-1

Space

tempest

Tempest

whale

Whale

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