Free Inner Beauty Portraits
Here are two unhelpful (& closely related) attitudes that we humans tend to drift into:
Whenever I find myself in a situation where people who are in no way previously acquainted are behaving with astonishing goodwill and delicacy of intent towards one another, I think this kindness is happening all over the world, and yet it is largely absent from our public discourse and news media. True, beautiful actions of people in Germany, Iceland & Hungary towards arriving refugees have been widely reported, but 99 times out of 100, the news-fart floating across the screen or the airwaves will be related to some scandal, tragedy, or feud.
So, what a pleasure to find myself with my beloved friend Nico, in Philadelphia's Clark Park today, offering Free Inner Beauty Portraits to all comers. The neighborhood around the park is diverse in all imaginable ways, and the people walking by our table seemed primed to be curious & open to new ideas. Free Inner Beauty Portraits is this practice:
Most of the photos above were taken by Nicole Arcilla. Thank you, friend! Thank you, everyone who stopped to draw with me, or with each other. Thank you, spontaneous & much appreciated donations of gas & toll money. Thank you, Friends of Clark Park, who work to incarnate music, art, food, and vibrant, green public space in this city. Long may such gestures of love resonate, and long may we speak of them.
Julie Püttgen is an artist, expressive arts therapist, and meditation teacher.
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