Here you see an example of the work I created during a creative play date with my friend. I combined gel printing with sharpie markers written on deli paper…ya’ know, the paper the butcher uses to separate hamburgers. I didn’t know how it would turn out, so I’m pretty happy with the end result. I like the texture, the clarity of the letters on the paper, and the endless possibilities this new printing method can provide. This might be an experiment that could turn into a new line of art.

We spend most of our adult lives doing the same thing day in and day out. We work hard to create a career. We work hard to climb the ladder of success. We work hard to take care of the people we love, so hard sometimes that we have a difficult time turning off the work. And yet we earn a living to build a life…and then we forget to have a life. Having a life means you stop working and start playing. When was the last time you played, had fun, and laughed at yourself and your mistakes? 

Today I encourage you to leave behind the certain and face the unknown. Turn off your work self and tune into your childish self. Have the courage to play well with others outside of your career…wiggle your toes in the sand, eat some marshmallows, create a portrait of your family with finger paints, then hang it on your refrigerator. Do anything that lets you forget the responsibilities of being an adult. Like the phrase in this piece says, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.