We have a lovely art museum in Denver. The architecture is modern meets medieval and the exhibits change regularly. Floors of ancient and new art serve to inspire and educate. The museum makes sure that there are things to keep the children busy as well. Pads of paper and boards with things to look for are set up in stations around the museum to encourage children to be mindful and alert and to express their own innate creativity.
My daughters and I and my two granddaughters were originally headed to the Denver Zoo but due to the mass amount of people (and I shall save you the tirade about what marijuana legalization will do to your state) we had to find other activities. Maryjane was less than thrilled about trading elephants for fourteenth century art but we made it a game where she was to find every dog and horse in the paintings and sculptures.
It is really something to stand before a painting that was carefully drawn over five hundred years ago. It is really inspiring to see the spirits of people captured on canvas- ordinary moments in life stopped in time. The colors, the shadows, the stories…
I haven’t painted in a year but I think it is time to gather some canvases.