by: Georgia Jones, Shreveport, Louisiana
Life is like time, precious and quick; every second is an OPPORTUNITY to make a difference in the world.
quote by: Michael A., 6th Grade, Sarasota Middle School - Sarasota, Florida
teacher: Moya Hanaway & Doug Abel
Mrs. Jones is legally blind. She still has some sight and attended the Louisiana Association for the Blind’s Low Vision Rehabilitation Center school where job skills and adjustment to blindness is taught. As she learned independent living skills, how to navigate the world with a cane, and how to use talking computer programs, she also took advantage of the opportunity to take art classes.
This was Mrs. Jones’ first opportunity to create art. She responded to the creative process like a sponge soaking up every bit of moisture available to her. The creative process allowed a new and vibrant way for her to communicate her gentle quiet spirit and deep emotions for life. Life has not been easy with sickle-cell disease and the challenges it gives can be tough. Add to that the inability to work and the loss of your eyesight which requires great courage to keep trying. Mrs. Jones is one of those courageous people who make the most out of life despite difficulties.
Southern Homestead is a mixed medium composition that evolved as Mrs. Jones learned to use the materials and added elements to her composition.
All decisions were made by Mrs. Jones during the creation of this piece. Its evolution from the beginning with the chickens as the first elements became quite exciting as she decided on what else she wanted in her composition. Her instructor would ask her what else she would like in her composition. The instructor’s help was limited to scale suggestions, finding an image she requested, and helping to cut out the element when it was too small for her to handle. But the whole glorious idea, layout, elements and beautiful result are due to her love and focus on creating art. Such diversity can be under great pressure, but that tension keeps our eyes focused so we can see the picture, which is more enriched.