Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Keri Smith: Mess

Mess by Keri Smith

Tuesday’s are Play Days!

My friend, Linda, and I get together every Tuesday evening to play.  We laugh a lot and it’s contagious to those around us.

We do entertaining and mindless “doings”.  Either from our own imaginations or with a little help and inspiration from Keri Smith’s book “Mess” (available through Keri's shop and Amazon) we have:  created only blue collages; dropped beet juice on to paper from the highest climbing pole in the playground; walked in the woods gathering organic materials -- smearing, wiping, rubbing, squwooshing (technical term) on to paper producing a hodgepodge of marks  and colours; with our eyes closed, coloured a line drawing with several different wax crayons; followed the outline of a squiggly circular shape 100 times really, really, really fast; ambled through a golden field of autumn leaves scattering them about and rustling up trails; hiked along the river and photographed markings that look like contour drawings; took a copy of a 1900-something photograph filled with very rigid, serious men and drew silly and vibrant articles on their heads, faces and bodies;  collected interesting rocks and relocated them elsewhere;  gathered feathers and drew them; illustrated silly objects on a profile drawing of a deciduous tree; and continue to do other imaginative and intriguing things….

Keri quotes John Cage in her blog, "Purposeless play -- this play is an affirmation of life -- not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvement in creation.  but simply a way of waking up to the very life we are living, which is so excellent once one gets one's mind and desires out of the way and lets it act of its own accord."

Would you share with us what you have done lately or would like to do?

We would love to hear about your ideas!


  1. of all the things on this blog, this seems so margaret to me. i can "see" you and linda, hard at play, laughing. wonderful, margaret.