The Calgary Public Library has a series of books circulating right now that encourage public involvement and creativity.
These are books for people to create by being creative via literature or art. But not the two together!
So I put a 'hold' in for the arty one with the title "Diversity" sounded right up my street.
I had thought I would get a book that was already half full of artworks, cartoons and sketches. In fact I got a book that had this skillful and beautiful rendition of the Ash in Calgary, and nothing more. In other words I was expected to be the second 'artist' to add something. The pressure was enormous.
But then I thought... it is only people like me participating that will make this thing a diverse work in itself. So I have added my bit... consider it a doodle or playful work... both of which are acceptable additions to the "Travelling Art Book" it says this (I paraphrase) in the directives on the first page.
My piece illustrates the diversity of coral reef to deep sea... and I had fun. And if it encourages people to simply relax and have fun and put something on the pages... all well and good.
Calgary public library.
2 days ago