An Artist's Quest

Making LOVE (it’s not what you think)

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Love note we made at the first monthly meeting of Open Heart Studio troop #1. Laminated and with strings ready to put anonymously into the world to promote love and peace one person at a time!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the uncivil discourse in our country and the world that seems to be filling our newspapers, our social media, and our inboxes.  But we all know in reality we are more alike than different, we want to give and receive love, we want our family and friends to be safe, happy and whole.  You know that’s about it really when you come down to it, and I think almost everyone could agree to that.  So what has been rolling around in my mind is how to get that message out? I decided showing love and building community through art is what I know so last week I launched this-

OPEN HEART STUDIO troop #1Promoting civil discourse one LOVE letter at a time.

This is what I sent out to my local friends:

Mission:  To reveal our common humanity via Random Acts of Love, through the vehicle of art.  No politics, no religion, just a common need to receive and give love.

What: Make a love collage on one side of a 4×6 card, write a simple note such as “YOU ARE LOVED, pass it on”, laminate the card add a string on top  place them randomly and anonymously in the world.  That’s it!

Short Term Goal: To brainstorm the idea with you and make some love notes and send them out in the world.

Long Term Goal:  Meet monthly to make collage cards and set them loose in the world.  Encourage others to start their own OPEN HEART STUDIO troops.

Dreams: To have a mobile Open Heart Studio van filled with collage items and everything needed to make a R.A.L. card…go to scout meetings, schools, churches, synagogs, mosques, town meetings, have a booth at farmers markets, a stand outside of Congress, at the U.N.….oh yeah and achieve world peace!

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Inaugural meeting of Open Heart Studio troop #1 –  thanks to Kate, Sonia and Jack for joining me on a rainy Thursday night to MAKE LOVE happen!

I don’t have a facebook page or a website or any of that right now just an idea and a hope for a more loving, accepting, helpful, peaceful world. I will keep you posted on my progress.  Maybe you want to start your own Open Heart Studio troop. Yours can be troop # 2!

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8 responses

  1. Andrea Foote

    Love this!! I can do a troop in OH. Big valentines love to the Dowling Thorpes!

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    February 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    • OK! I’ll keep you posted with this idea and Reserve Troop #3 for you!

      February 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm

  2. Jane

    LOVE THIS!
    Im already planning a group st St John’s, Ross. Can we be group #2. I will introduce this at our next SJ Ladies meeting on February 22 😍

    February 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

    • Laura Thorpe

      All you need is LOVE! Great idea, sis o’ mine!! xoxo

      February 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    • Ok my plan is to supply a mission statement and materials list and a troop number as they go I’ll work on that in the coming weeks but you can be troop #2!

      February 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm

  3. Jaheath

    You are wonderful Lisa. We made love cards at our January SJ Ladies meeting and I didn’t know quite how to use them. Was thinking take to local care home but was not sure that was hitting the spot for me. Then before I knew it Valentine’s Day was here and I felt bad that I had not found time to deliver them. Sitting at airport (once again!) I read your blog I knew this was it. As we already have a gathering planned for 22 February I will introduce idea there and then invite somebody to take this on ( New Year resolution to not take on more!) 😍 😘 Jane

    February 14, 2017 at 10:46 am

  4. Kitty de Brauwere

    Awesome!

    *Kitty de BrauwereAssistant to Jean Schulz707-546-7122707-526-7361 fax707-318-8804 cellkitty@flyingace.net http://www.schulzmuseum.org/ *

    On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 9:46 AM, Lisa Thorpe’s Mandala Challenge wrote:

    > lisathorpeartist posted: ” I’ve been thinking a lot about the uncivil > discourse in our country and the world that seems to be filling our > newspapers, our social media, and our inboxes. But we all know in reality > we are more alike than different, we want to give and receive love,” >

    February 14, 2017 at 11:44 am

  5. Anne R. Blanton

    Wonderful Lisa! I have been trying to send hand made cards to those I know that are suffering.. LOVe to you, Jack and everyone at the Ranch, anne

    February 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm

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