Write Anywhere #64


IMG_1329This week’s Write Anywhere should have been posted last week. I had a minor surgery on my right arm, and I was too lazy to try to type and load this post solely with my left hand. It’s healing fine. Please forgive the delay.

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I love getting around creative people. They don’t have to be writers like me, any type of creative pursuit inspires. I may not have the talent or skill to paint, sculpt, sing, build, sew, or act, but I have to admire those that allow their creative selves an outlet. My town provided an outlet for those willing to brave the heat, and their fellow citizens critique, and it didn’t fail in its ability to inspire.

Write Anywhere #64: Chalk Art Festival

Chalk Art Festival 2013, Broken Arrow, OK image by kristin nador

Chalk Art Festival 2013, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Perfect weather cheered the heart after weeks of tornado outbreaks at the ‘Chalk It Up’ Art Festival in the downtown Rose District of Broken Arrow, and let would-be artists of all ages create their masterpieces along the pavement on Main Street.

listen to the music...

listen to the music…

The acoustic strains of ‘Mr. Bojangles’ from a local band wafted down the street while the crowds watched the chalk art appear. An inordinate amount of funny-looking little dogs pulled their owners along on leashes, and neighbors visited together while waiting in line to place their ballot for their favorite chalk art.

Chalk Art Festival 2013 Broken Arrow Oklahoma chalk artists image by kristin nador

Chalk, there is much…

Chalk Art Festival 2013 Broken Arrow Oklahoma image by kristin nador

art imitating art

Chalk Art Festival 2013 Broken Arrow Oklahoma image by kristin nador

The thirsty clamored for cold bottles of Jarritos from a cooler in front of the Mexican restaurant and kids clamored for balloon animals.

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Street performers did their best to entertain, but the focus was the chalk art.

Despite the transitory nature of their creations, the artists put all their effort into their pieces. It reminded me about the temporary nature of writing, those bits and pieces, beautiful words and ideas that can float through our minds and wash away, like chalk in the rain, if we don’t capture them in the moment.

I try to keep as many idea ‘buckets’ around as possible: notebooks, phone apps, voice recorder, and pocket Moleskines, but more ideas escape me than I care to admit. The chalk artists inspire us to embrace the moment, and be brave enough to let those ethereal bits go without regret. Maybe they come back when we make a habit to embrace creativity, both ours and others.

Where did you write this week?

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14 thoughts on “Write Anywhere #64

  1. It’s doing fine, thanks. Had a lipoma removed from my forearm. It’s a benign fatty deposit that had grown to about the size of a ping pong ball. It’s not anything that could turn to something bad, but it kept getting in the way when I write or type so I finally parted with it. Had the stitches removed already and it’s healing up quite nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This week I wrote on my sun porch while sitting in my newly repainted old wicker rocker. Thanks for showing us the street fair. The chalk artists are amazing. I too love being around other creatives it just makes me happy and somehow renews my energy for my own creative pursuits.

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    • Brandi, this is the second year for the chalk festival, and I think they want to keep it going as an annual event. Isn’t it funny how you get that one Incredible Hulk arm from natural weight training with a little one?

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  3. I love what you said about the transitory nature of the chalk creations — it reminded me that there is always plenty of writing, or drawing, or whatever it may be! I hope your arm heals quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I think sometimes we want to hoard our words, that somehow once they are out in the world that’s our quota. Stirring up the creative well keeps them percolating and multiplying. I imagine it a hot geyser a la Old Faithful at Yellowstone, but instead of water, it’s Skittles (much more inspiring I think). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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