Picture this: It’s the weekend and you’re kicking back at home with friends, you’re feeling relaxed—everyone’s pitching in with constructing (inventing?) some yummy appetizers. With all the wine your friends brought, it’s turning into a ‘wine-tasting’ fest, too. Good food, good wine – what could be better? Your best friend starts doodling on a napkin—you take a peek:
“What is THAT?” you say.
“Um, here—let me see.” You slide it away from her and add your own few lines to it. “Now, that is how I remember it.” Sip.
She takes it back, scribbles some more, and triumphantly hands it back to you. “There!” Sip. “Now the waiter is smiling – much better.”
“Oooh, and remember Carlo at the Gelateria? His handmade ginger gelato was amazing!” you reminisce. “Not bad,” you say, looking at the napkin. “I didn’t know you had it in you.”
“Oh, it’s just a scribble—no big deal,” she mutters.
“No, REALLY, this is so cool. Let’s do more! Here’s another napkin.” And I grab a whole stack.
And so it goes…a simple evening with friends. Impromptu creativity. Closeness. Laid-back. Easy.
Is this creating ART? Maybe not a great work, but it’s CREATIVE!
You’re revealing a bit of yourself. You’re taking a risk without even knowing it. And, you’re deepening a bond.
If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three – wine, food, and art – as a way of enhancing life. —Robert Mondavi
And we’ve all heard what great parties they threw!
Creativity starts conversations. It’s an easy opening. I dare you to try it at your next get together. Grab a napkin – see what you learn – where it will take you.
Two napkin sketches, that’s all I ask (more, of course, if you’re feelin’ the love). Come back and let us know below how it went (and were you doing it over your favorite beverage?)
— Barbara Balkin, Founder and ARTkinIST