I had the privilege of watching them at work. It was a public “demonstration” so I knew they already have a subject in mind when they started. Assistants helped them set up the easel (for mouth painter Jovy), chair (for foot painter Jason), watercolor paints, and palettes. Once they were comfortable, they began the journey, taking the audience with them stroke by skillful stroke. Jovy took us sailing with his breezing stroke to reveal a lone sailboat in an open sea. Jason stayed behind, waving at us with his calming brush of an idyllic countryside scene. At the end of this journey, which took us all less than an hour, both Jovy and Jason signed their masterpieces with their mouth and foot, respectively.
For all of us who spent a little time off our busy office routine to watch these talented artists, the journey was exhilarating. A breath of fresh air that washed off all the toxic anxieties of the corporate labyrinth.
This Christmas, I want to do something different. I want to bring back a dying tradition of sending Christmas cards to loved ones. I’ll begin by sending out cards designed by the able disabled artists of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (AMFPA).
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