What’s on the Easel? Recycled teabags and homeless people.
Driving to my full-time job at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I’m stopped at a red stop light and glance to my left at the two magnificent structures that hold some of the most prized examples of fine art, ever to be viewed. What a sight. Then I look to my right. And, there is a homeless man across the street on the sidewalk, digging through his grocery cart of found items he’s collected. He’s flipping through food items and lifting a dirty shirt up to shake it off. He probably dug the food out of a dumpster behind a bustling grocery store or out from behind one of these high-end restaurants. This is a pretty ritzy area. I dig through my purse to see if I have a few dollars with me to give to him, but realize I don’t. The light turns green and I drive through. And just then I see the irony and shake my head how the picture I see before me just doesn’t make any sense. Or does it? I wonder about him and his recycled and found items. I wonder about the art displayed in the museum, where some of the art is also created with recycled and found items. I’m happy that his cart is over-flowed with items he can use. And I’m embarrassed of how I don’t recycle enough and how blessed I am to have what I “want” and “need”. Tonight as I sip this tea thinking about him and sending a prayer his way…..I’ll create art on these used tea bags. I know it’s not nearly enough to help the planet or even my homeless friend, but for me it’s a nice start.
Enjoy these water-colored tea bags and let me know what you think about them?