I think that everyone, everyone, EVERYONE!, needs to be reminded of how precious they are. Life is tough. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own stuff, we forget how blessed we are. We forget to ask how others are doing. We forget to be kind. We forget to encourage. We forget we are loved.
For the last few months, I have been working on a project that I have come to call the Abandoned Art Project. The idea is simple, and while the name is my own making, the concept is not original. For centuries, artists have been leaving behind works of art to be discovered, simply to make someone smile.
I like to make a tiny piece of art on a shipping tag. I put a word or phrase on each tag. The words are either something to be claimed in your life like “blessed” or “forgiven” or “loved”, or a simple command like “dream” or “trust” or “hope”. As I make each tag, I pray that whoever finds the tag will connect with it’s message. And the last thing I do with each tag is write a little inscription on the back. It reads, “you are so very loved”. Because you are. Truly, so very, very loved.
Once the tag is complete, I “abandon” it for someone to find. Sometimes I leave the tag on a grocery store shelf or in a cart. Sometimes I leave it in the folder with my check at a restaurant. Sometimes I leave it on a car windshield. Wherever they are left, I am sure that the tags bring a smile to the finder.
For the month of April, I will be the Artist of the Month at Graham’s 318, and my current collection of Abandoned Art tags will be on display and available for you to get in on the project. Graham’s will also be hosting a number of drop-in art classes, where I will be teaching anyone who attends exactly how they can make these tags. Stay tuned for more info.
Have a lovely week, and enjoy the Son!