My friend John and I were hanging out listening to some live music a few weeks ago…

Open Mic night in a small local venue… Conversation? Out of the question.

I remembered my pack of ATCs (artist trading cards) and fountain pens. We decided to take turns sketching on the cards…

We each sketched for a few minutes, and then swapped cards and continued the drawing the other person had been working on.

Here you see one of the sketches. Maybe John will scan and post the one he kept…

I love that I can hardly even remember which lines are “mine”, versus “his”.

I often consider “my art” so personal, so self-expressive…

Giving away authorship on these sketches bumped me out of self-absorption and into a new understanding of the Emptiness of “art”.

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