My Life Measured in Rainbows

Unexpected Rainbow

I recently visited Columbus, OH–a spontaneous trip before my husband begins spring semester of grad school.  We went to Hocking Hills State Park for some hiking.  The visitor center said it was a good time to see waterfalls because of all the melting snow and rain.

That morning as we were driving, I looked at the stormy sky and the raindrops on the windshield.  Rain on hiking day?  These days, I try to look for the positive.  As sunshine peeked out from the clouds, I had a sudden thought.  Maybe we’ll see a rainbow 🙂

We didn’t see a rainbow, but we began our hike anyway.  And we did see lots of waterfalls.  Plus, the rain stopped.  Then we came to one particular waterfall.  It was small and understated.  BUT, shining through it was the most vibrant rainbow.  And then and there I realized something.  Miracles can happen at any given moment, if you’re open to receiving them.

I’ve been cataloging rainbows throughout my travel adventures and quickly realized that I’m noticing them more and more.  I saw one at Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park right after my husband proposed.  We saw many during our honeymoon in Hawaii, but one particular rainbow was not in the sky at all but rather reflected in the sea on the Road to Hana.  I saw another one after my running accident, just when I began to run again.  Then, during my artist retreat, as I wondered whether to pursue creative writing and illustrating as a career, I saw my answer in the sky just before sunset.  A tiny rainbow between the clouds.

A rainbow represents a journey.  Will there be gold at the end?  I’d like to think there is gold all along the way.

Where do you find rainbows in your life?

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”  –Maya Angelou

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I Am the Canvas

acrylic

This painting represents the holiday Holi which is an ancient Hindu festival  observed in India, Nepal, and other places.  To celebrate spring, people spray each other with colored water.  I was fascinated when a friend told me about this tradition.  I wish I could participate!  The closest thing we have is The Color Run in Ypsilanti.

What makes this event so special?  As an artist, I would say it is the opportunity to be a blank canvas again and then turn yourself into a rainbow.  We wear a lot of masks in society, some of them are thrust upon us while others we don ourselves.  What if we could take them off for one day?  Would it make any difference?

Given the opportunity, how would you paint yourself to the world?  Please share!

Backyard Art

Recently, my neighbor (the artist) and I had this grand idea to decorate the path between our two townhouses.  I thought we should name it the “Rose Path” so we would be able to remember it.  My neighbor brought along some fresh and dried rose pedals to scatter, I supplied the rainbow sidewalk chalk, and off we went!  Here are some photos of our adventures and the messages we created.

lamppost decorated with rose pedals

scattering rose pedals along the path

Rose Path entrance on my side

Following the Rose Path…

Spotted! Our shadows on the path

Hats off to roses!

our messages: PEACE

our messages: LOVE

our messages: FOREVER

Rose Path entrance
on my neighbor’s side

I’m a big fan of community art.  It works on so many levels including beautifying the community and bringing people together.  Plus it’s just fun!  Of course you need to be respectful when you’re doing it.

Over the summer, my husband and I visited Bayfield, ON.  One of the coolest sights in the town is an old barn turned into an art studio for all ages and levels of art experience.  How cool is that?

Me at Kryart Studio in Bayfield, ON

Want to view community art instead of make it?  Check out my post on The Heidelberg Project in Detroit.  It brings a whole new meaning to the concept.  Artist Tyree Guyton turned the neighborhood where he grew up into a kind of wonderland.  It’s a living art exhibit.  I was saddened when I heard on the news yesterday that one of the homes, House of Soul, burned down.  Arson is suspected.  I truly believe artists will be the ones to rebuild the city of Detroit, even if it’s one art project at a time.

We should all support art in our own neighborhoods.  How will you help beautify your community through art?