Last week I went out with my friends Hope and Jesse for some renegade community art. H&J brought washable paints and brushes and we started decorating the sidewalk on Mangum St. As people would walk by and comment on our paintings, Hope would offer them a paint brush and ask them to join. Initially everyone said no. We heard many variations on "you wouldn't want me to paint", which was, in fact, not true. This was less about creating fancy works of art and more about the experience of painting together and adding some color to downtown Durham.
Eventually as more kids walked by, people started to join in. Generally the young kids would come up and show interest and take a brush when Hope offered. Occasionally the parent would then join in. One woman driving by stopped and gave us all Monuts. (For those non-Durhamites, Monuts is a local foodie donut place. You know the type where there's always something cardamom or lavender flavored. In anycase, it's a very popular, very small place where you wait in line for 15 minutes to get your cardamom flavored donut. So when someone gives you one on the street and you didn't have to wait in line for it and it's not cardamom flavored and it is covered in dinosaur sprinkles - it's a major win. End of donut sidebar)
I decided to repaint a pig I had worked on earlier in the week in my sketchbook when I was experimenting with watercolors. Initially I had planned on doing a 3 panel comic about the pig, but this one block took me about 3 hours.