This week’s Documented Life Project challenge was to combine the previous three weeks’ challenges: stamps, stencils and masks. The quotation prompt was one from Henry James: “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” When watching the news at present, it is difficult to see much kindness in the world but I like to think that the sentiment of James’ words are true. If we want to affect change then we can all start by individually striving to respond to others with tolerance, compassion and kindness. Maybe small gestures have a ripple effect.
I wanted to illustrate that idea in my art journal, the notion that small changes in individual behaviour can be a seed that germinates and grows. I, therefore, used stencils and a mask – an oval blob I surrounded with thick black paint – to create a little pod person, a seed to grow in the darkness. I then used stamps to add the words “Just be kind”. A simple message for a simple idea and a simple page.