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mayBE 2015 journal

 

mayBE2015_17

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mayBE2015_15

I told the kids a story that I made up on the spot called, “When King Winter and Sister Spring had a Quarrel.”  I hope to type it all out here.  I tried to jot down most of it after I told it but I’m pretty sure that it changed a little from my spontaneous telling…

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mayBE2015_12

Creative Prompt 12

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mayBE2015_11

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mayBE2015_ten

A portrait of me by my youngest:

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A mother’s day gift from my oldest…

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I took a picture that I have no memory of and wrote down my own interpretation of this picture with my mother…

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mayBE2015_9

 

This is the first page of my morning pages notebook:

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My favourite coffee mug overflowing with the goodness in my life:

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My daughter’s glass…

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My husband taking a stab at this prompt, pushing his edges and comfort zone:

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mayBE2015_six

We spent some time at home preparing our art to be anonymously installed in public spaces.  The goal: MAYBE spread a little joy today.

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We posted one of our guerrilla art flyers in our local coffee shop and the staff gave them free lemonade in support of our mission:

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We returned to one flyer at the end of the day…people definitely took what they needed and the kids were a little sad that they needed it in the first place:

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We left this nice message in one of the free newspaper stands…

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And armed with sidewalk chalk, we wrote messages in public spaces like in front of this police station:

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And in front of this downtown post-secondary art school…

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mayBE2015_five

We started with the drawing exercise and each of us took turns calling out an instruction.  Here were the instructions:

1. Draw a circle.

2. Draw 5 lines.

3. Draw dots in the circle.

4. Draw a mountain shape.

5.  Draw a heart.

6.  Draw 2 squares.

7.  Draw a half circle.

8. Draw 2 triangles.

9.  Draw a horizontal line.

10. Draw a wavy line.

Here is what everyone revealed after we came together again:

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We are waiting for the weekend to finish the rest of the prompt when the entire family can do it together…

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mayBE2015_four

Letter play.  I could do this all day… 4_letterplay

 

The kids playing with letters…

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Some of their words…

 

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4_yes

4_courage

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I used conte to cover my page with black and then used an eraser to “draw” my word…

 

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Playing with lines…

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Some of the kids’ nature drawings…

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My nature items…

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mayBE2015_two

An afternoon outside included sky gazing, sky drawing, and other creations…sky_in progress

After doing a paint wash of blue, I added clouds and another layer of blue in chalk pastel…My children insisted they saw a little yellow – the sun glowing behind the clouds which I noticed later:

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My 5 year old son’s sky…he focused on one particular cloud that was moving by and kept trying to follow it…:

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I took a picture of the sky and then asked the kids to describe any words that came to mind as they looked up at the sky: sky

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Kids’ spirals on the chalkboard…practicing going from in to out and out to in and nesting spirals within spirals and spirals with our feet…

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After drawing with the kids, I sketched this spiralling chambered nautilus and wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem The Chambered Nautilus around the spiral…

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For more info about mayBE, read here first.

You will find the growing list of prompts here and also some photos of my interpretations of the prompts…