"I want to play with words and pictures. I want to play!" is from a non-dominant hand dialog I wrote nine years ago. I remember so clearly the simplicity and quiet joy of playing with art materials--finger paints, watercolors, beads and sequins--when I was young. Entering the sacred space of the sunlit studio with soft music playing and herbal tea at my side, I can delve into a process-oriented experience and play with images, words, or themes in a more intuitive way that removes the "adult" pressure of producing a thing of beauty. You can watch Susie's time-lapse video here!
Another brain-soothing and soul-feeding visual hobby is photographing art or making art from photos. Not long ago I visited my cousins who now live near my old stomping grounds in San Francisco's Mission District. I spent a couple of hours one morning wandering the mural alleys behind their apartment. Here are some of the dozens of iPhone snapshots I took that day: