The best part of taking my art and conversation illustration to the Rymer family reunion... my excellent assistant, the most honorable french fry, Ruyi Vars. She wielded every brush with such confidence and singular style. And with her left hand too!
My very talented and creative cousins had the idea that I bring my art to the family reunion.
Describing what I do, the graphic facilitation part, to friends and family who've never seen or heard of such a thing isn't easy. It was nice to be able to offer a visual aid, so to speak.
What made this demonstration even better is that the stories I captured involved my great grandparents, maternal grandmother and other great aunts and uncles. It was nice to hear the stories and feel closer to the people we love who aren't with us anymore.
My favorite stories involved a squirrel in the frying pan, a mare that came to stay and my grandmother driving to church leaving my cousin standing in the road after he declared that he could run faster than she was driving (coasting).
I wanted the piece to be big but didn't expect the length of the paper to be taken up with stories. My solution was the obvious family tree, a very large tree, leaving enough room for the storytelling. I also wanted to use watercolor and acrylic paint pens without worrying that the ink would bleed through and leave marker spit on the freshly painted walls. Thanks to Jerry's the solution was a big roll of watercolor paper.
The tree seems a little empty still. I hoped to scribble in lots more names but there just wasn't time on the day. Maybe for the next reunion.