Color + Kelly = One Happy Girl • by Kelly Barton
When I think about it ... the little girl loved to watch her mama draw big fluffy blooms while chatting on the phone.
When I think about it ... life was filled with colorful gardens, vivid images in the pages of the encyclopedia, and the amazing illustrations of Theodore Geisel. Art saves.
When I think about it ... my school days included art and music everday. E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y.
When I think about it ... to encourage a child to create with abandon can only add to their daily toolbox.
When I think about it ... test-taking for this little girl proved to be stressful and anxiety filled, but given a box of crayons and a sheet of paper, her whole world would blossom. Art saves.
When I think about it ... color simply makes me happy. And on those less than shining days, the act of walking into my studio and picking up a brush changes my perspective on the world that day.
When I think about it ... I am a girl who wanders, filling up each little pocket with color, with flare and care for the beautiful faces I meet along the way. Art saves.
When I think about it ... life without art would mean a life lacking color—and that is not fun at all.
When I think about it ... I am right where I am supposed to be. Painting my girls and releasing my stories with each stroke of the brush and each line drawn with my treasured graphite.
When I think about ... the mantra—ART SAVES is part of my sacred life.
When I think about it ... I hope that you are thinking about it too.
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