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Visual Jazz

There was an invitation to the studio, permission to choose whatever colors drew him and to slap them on acrylic with the beautiful unselfconsciousness of an almost-four-year old.

I could learn something from you, Chris said to Ezra.


I witness it every day, unselfconsciousness being one of the primary gifts of early childhood, but damn if I can imagine how to embody it.

For Ezra there was the thrill of spray paint and color and tools.  He was reserved but alert, as he tends to be.

For me there was the pleasure of pulling back the curtain on something unusual and special,

of receiving kindness from a new friend,

of watching a kind of visual jazz unfold in front of me.

Reader Comments (8)

Ok, I was wrong about Chris. Picture #4 won me over.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercoalex

Definitely witnessing something special. I am curious as to the finished product, what loveliness resulted from this amazing collaboration.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

We can learn so much from them...mostly how to live in this world with childlike abandon and wonder! Beautiful post!!!

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

OMG. Love this and seeing Ez create with his new friend. They are so sweet together. Dying to see Ez' finished work of art, too!

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

What a magical time! Making memories for all of you.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarjorie

Wow, I mean wow! How great was it to see that happen first-hand? Amazing photo-story Corinna. I love the shot of Ezra standing in the distance while Chris cooks the piece with fire. Awesome fusion of art with all the things that boys love!!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Amazing stuff here.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

impressive shots telling a story. i'm most impressed by the patience being shown this little fella. extraordinary and he'll remember it.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersherri

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