The Neighborhood Art Project (NAP) is created and implemented by artist/instructor Siena Sanderson and is an outreach program of the Harwood Museum of Art. NAP brings art activities directly into the neighborhoods of Taos with a focus on low-income communities. It is a summer program and is run by golden volunteers, who commit to showing up at a particular site one day a week through out the summer. And then there are people like me, who show up and volunteer when we can.
The goals of this program are to encourage fun, creativity, friendship and to bring the art-making directly to the kids of Taos in their backyards. I love seeing kids’ creativity blossom as the supplies and instructions are delivered. They interact with each other and adults in positive ways and are allowed to “get lost” in their creative process. Snacks, lemonade and even lunch is often served during the two hours that NAP is set up at a site.
Commissioned book cover
A couple of year ago I was commissioned to paint two illustrations for a book by Peter Bigfoot, founder of Reevis Mountain School of Self Reliance, where Chris and I were visiting at the time. It was a fun and exciting process to conjure-up with my imagination and then manifest in watercolors imagery to embody Peter’s description of what he wanted for his book. I found myself thriving on the challenge and was excited to provide him with something he was happy to use for his book!
Today I just got the word from Reevis that Peter’s book, Ancient Natural Remedies: Healing Yourself and Others with Herbs and Hands, is on its way from the publisher! It can be purchased for $18 (plus shipping+handling) from the Reevis Website.
"Healing Touch" - the other commissioned illustration
From the Reevis website:
A doctor may not be available when you need one – now you can learn to heal yourself!
The first part of the this book catalogs natural remedies – including herbs, honey, the use of hands, fasts, and dietary changes – for a wide variety of bodily conditions and illnesses.
The second part teaches you how to give healing treatments to others and yourself using Oriental Acupressure to clear blockages of energy in the body’s meridians.
To see the table of contents, click here.
Includes a fold-out chart of pressure points. Wire bound, 240 pages. ISBN 0-9824091-0-9
This morning I woke early to the gentle pink, rose breath of clouds hovering over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the East. It felt like the first gift of the day.
a quick watercolor sketch to capture the delicate morning moment