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mayBE 2015 journal


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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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Creative Prompt 12


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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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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…



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

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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:


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:


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


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


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

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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:


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



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







Playing with lines…

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Some of the kids’ nature drawings…

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My nature items…

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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:


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


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



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…




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





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…