“Go Fly A Kite” - mixed media on board, 20” x 10"
There was a magic moment in our family about seventeen years ago. My son was a baby, and my daughter and bonus boy were the perfect age for a day in the park. We had a couple of super fancy kites we had never used before (you know, chinese dragons and box kites and things I dreamed of as a kid) and the perfect Sunday afternoon for kite flying.
It took us awhile, but we eventually had both kites aloft and the kids holding them in place (with an occasional assist from parents). The wind was good, the sky was clear, and the kites were high in the sky, so far up they were hard to see clearly. We spent hours there, and the kites were magnificent! Easy to guide, sturdy and beautiful. I remember how excited we were on the way home (grown-ups and kids alike) and how we decided kite flying was something we wanted to do all the time after that.
But we didn’t. First one thing, then another. Then winter. Then a move. Then another winter. And another move. And seventeen years later, we had not flown the kites again. I’m pretty sure no one else in the family thinks about this other than me, wondering why we never tried to repeat that halcyon day in the park.
So then the theme for the June show at Ciel came up. Beach Party! Something fun, light-hearted and less serious than most art shows. And I wondered for the briefest of moments why we hadn’t selected something more sophisticated…and then I remembered the kites. Play! We need to play! Of course a beach party is the perfect theme! And delightful to create art to capture those delicious morsels of life which are pure playful bliss.
This piece is a reminder for me. Grab the halcyon moments. Then repeat. And while you’re at it, go fly a kite.
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