Happy Mortal

This life, well-lived.

Communal Paint

I like to paint.  I could spend hours painting and not even realize time is passing until I start to get hungry and discover that I skipped lunch.  And dinner.  The problem is that I also love to be around people.  So, while I’m hidden away painting for hours I sometimes get lonely.  Also, opportunities to socialize will sometimes keep me from painting.  The best possible situation for me?  Painting with friends!  In the same room is good, but on the same canvas is the best.  The sweet thing about communal art is that there’s no pressure to create something amazing–the point is just to create something together–so it can be fun for friends who don’t feel like they’re “good” at painting.  Everyone just adds a little bit at a time.

Here’s a time-lapse video of Will, Tim H. and I painting together.  We did this while all the fires were burning and everything smelled like Mordor.  I think it influenced our subconscious.



  1. I loved making this painting! It’s a cool video too. If you watch the video, be sure to move the cursor away so that the bar disappears and you can see the work. Collaboration station.

  2. I love my kids – they are so creative!!! :) :)

  3. I’d like to see more of the final product. It looks like a sweet painting, and all we get is the partial photo at the top of the post and a brief glimpse at the end of the video. Regardless, well done.

  4. I just added another pic–It’s the only photo of the entire finished product. I wish Vimeo would show the final frame!

  5. That was fun. Let’s do it again.

  6. Love it. Thanks.

  7. Cool beans you social artist you.