For decades these little cup paintings have been showing up in my life. I draw them in journals, paint them on phone, IPad and computer covers. I paint them small, big and in between. When I teach I use the cup as an example to teach form, value and composition. They are simple forms that when an explosion of color is added become an insight into the creators personality, mood and emotions.
For the past year I have been completely engulfed in two things, community and compassion. These two themes have presented themselves over and over again in my everyday life. I have studied them in my Masters Program Arts In Medicine at UF, I have signed up for Bible studies where they have been the focus and I have reflected on what these two words mean and how they co exist with in each other and within our world.
I began to ask the question how can I do something that will create change (no matter how small) in my community? How can I take a gift that I have and help to make a strangers day a little brighter?
We are all artist. It doesn't take much. An idea, a dream, a vision. That is how this initiative was born. How can I do something for my community (community being the people around me at any given point in my day) to help make their day a little more enjoyable? I can paint. I can share my paintings with my "community". A simple concept that is as simple as the cups themselves.
I will be giving away my small tea/coffee cup paintings for free. It is my hope that when I show up at local coffee shops in Florida, I might just be able to make a small difference in someone in my "communities" life.
If you would like to know where I am to receive a painting follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. I may be in a community near you.
By getting out into the community, I have the opportunity to meet strangers, engage in conversations, and give my paintings away to COMPLETE STRANGERS! In practicing using my Art as a form of compassion, I must overcome my ego to use my time, talent, and money to create an original work of Art to give away, not for sale in hopes of making someone else’s day a little brighter.