My son received a mortar and pestle in his basket. It may seem like an odd gift for a seven-year-old boy, but it proved to be a new and perhaps favorite art making tool. A week ago, I bought the book, The Organic Artist, written by my dear friend Nick Neddo. As my son and I poured through the pages inspired by every turn, we stumbled upon a life-changing discovery. You can make your own paint from stones. We are a rock-loving family and this would take our love and respect for rocks to a whole new level. Ezra spent the day grinding stones into a fine powder to make paint for our whole family to enjoy.
We went through our rock collection and ended up painting with paint made from a stone I have carried with me since my college days in Arizona. As I painted with the hues of the red rocks of Sedona, I couldn't help but paint the desert landscapes from there, long held in the memory of my heart. It was an incredible way to spend the day. Connecting to one another through words that nourished our souls and art that connected us to earth in a new and inspiring way.