Please touch the paintings

Friday’s art show was an amazing success. Located right in the heart of the Crossroads First Friday Art Walk, I had an estimated 1000 guests throughout the night. This exhibit was showing my textured paintings.

I started doing my textured pieces when I was doing an art therapy project with a blind girl. At the showing of her finished piece, we asked people to touch the painting so they could see the world the way she sees it. For me, it was an amazing experience to suddenly watch fear of art fall away from people when they were allowed to touch the painting. You could literally see something transform. As they touched the piece smiles spread across their faces and the fear and formality of it fell away. I liked watching the attendees have both a visual and tactile experience. 

I began working with textures in my work. At my show on Friday, I asked people to touch the paintings. I was often approached with disbelief. After reassuring them that they could indeed touch the paintings, people lit up. Smiles spread across their faces, and repeatedly strangers hugged me throughout the night, thanking me for the experience. I believe in making art accessible. My show on Friday created a discussion among people who are generally intimidated by art. Inner children were allowed to come out and play. The result were smiles, laughter, and hugs from strangers. I would call that a successful show. Image

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About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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