I am so pleased to introduce Laurie Lunsford, a friend and fellow author. Laurie creates by interacting with God, others, and herself through the arts. This includes not only visual art, but gardening, poetry, music, journaling, creative games in the moment, and cooking. Laurie believes that creativity can be achieved throughout every day: re-arranging a room, putting together a wardrobe, creative discussions with a child, entertaining, and many other ways. Laurie is the author of several children’s picture books. She is offering a free give-away for Keegan Wonders–see details below!
Eyes That Laughed, by Laurie Lunsford
I have heard it said that eyes are the window of the soul. They are a place to see love, curiosity, and gratitude. What I see in these soul windows leads to conversation and stories. This is what happens when women gather for coffee, or a grandparent relates stories to children, or people meet for date in the park. Families interact beautifully when it is face to face over a meal, games, bedtime stories, and art.
Drawing portraits is a vehicle I use in getting to know people. It is face to face time for about 20 minutes. We gaze into one another’s eyes in stillness, and it sometimes leads to talking. It is affirming. I enjoy doing this with my grandchildren. It is ok for it to look silly. Maybe even better.
I had an interesting experience with a woman who was sitting in a wheel chair. She could not lift her head. I asked if I could paint her face. She was shy, but she quietly gave me the go-ahead. I sat cross-legged at her feet and looked up into her face which was facing downward. I drew as I gazed into her distinctive and beautiful face. I watched her eyes fill with laughter. Before long, she was giddy. I let her laugh for a moment as I put down my pencil. She laughed some more. I laughed with her. And she laughed even more. She could not stop.
“What is so funny?” I questioned.
“No one ever looks into my face!”
That made sense. She could not lift her head to even look at people. The only way I could see her was from the floor, and no one had taken the time to get in a position to notice her She wanted to be seen eye to eye. When the laughter subsided, I was able to finish.
I like to be seen, too. I want others to look into my eyes so love can be shared. Let’s take time to look into the eyes of all those we meet, even if it is just a quick glance accompanied by a smile! We can model this for our children.
And now, about Laurie’s book, Keegan Wonders:
Keegan likes dinosaurs, trucks and trees. He explores the outdoors, along with his cousin, Addie. His imagination comes alive as he observes nature. He asks many questions which may or may not have answers. There are dinosaurs to find, birds to name, seasons that change, and many ways of saying “hello” around the world. Geared for ages 4-8, a little boy shares honest questions about trees.
(Becky’s note: Laurie is also the illustrator!)
For a chance to win a free copy of this delightful children’s picture book, just answer this question about Laurie’s blog or make a comment of your choice: What are some creative ways we can look into each other’s eyes to convey love?
- Deadline is Saturday, April 11,12:00 midnight MST. From all comments, a name will be drawn randomly and the winner will be notified on Monday, the 13th.
- Just leave a comment here. And…
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Author and illustrator, Laurie Lunsford