I led the Charleston WV portion of the “Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk” this past weekend, and as I was walking with the group towrds the Charleston Levee ( Haddad river Front Park) I noticed a lady painting on a building near a “for lease” sign.
I was intrigued and went to ask her if we could photograph her as a group, to which she agreed.
Of course, there’s always more to a person than just the surface, so I asked her to tell me all about what she was up to.
She said she’s an Artist and her name is Andrea LaHue and this is all part of The Cross-Country Random Acts of Flower Project where she paints her GIANT FLOWERS on “for lease” buildings on “Main Streets” across the United States of America. ( click here for more information on her work ) Her inspiration/purpose is to make people smile with her art. Thats it and it’s that simple.
“There is so much negativity and bad news everywhere you look around these days” she said ” I paint these flowers on otherwise drab buildings, and when a person walks by, I want this ( painting) to take all that away, if just for a moment, and make them smile.”
After the walk was over, and the “photowalkers” had all left to go home, I took some bottled water back to the street where I met Andrea and saw her painting ( the temp. downtown was well over 100 on Saturday) to share with her and talk to her a little more about what she does and where she was going next, but by the time I had gotten back to that spot, she had finished her work and had already left and moved on to the next town, street, city, “for lease” building, wall.
If I hadn’t been there with my group- I might never have met this amazing person, heard her story or known of her vision. I probably would have seen the flower, but never known anymore about it than “it was a flower there on a wall”- but I DID meet this person, and I DID hear her story- we all did that day ! ( and Thats why I’m sharing it with you now!)
it struck me how someone can be there one moment; and gone the next- yet make a difference just by having passed thru the same place as we all do. We should all be so lucky….