Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 110: Creativity in the Time of Covid

Walls for Women mural by Paris Woodhull, Knoxville TN

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.

Steve Jobs

Tina’s topic — Creativity in the Time of Covid — for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, coincides with the celebration of a milestone for women in America: the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, officially According to an article by Allie Clouse in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, “Kristin Luna and Scott van Velsor, journalists and founders ofΒ Do More Art events, started theΒ Walls for WomenΒ project, a statewide effort to hire and empower female artists for the centennial of women’s suffrage.” For her notable creativity, Paris Woodhull was selected as one of 10 women artists to design and paint a mural on the side of Print Shop Beer in South Knoxville celebrating the project.

Muralist Paris Woodhull & Steve of Print Shop Beer for Walls for Women
Working with Steve of Print Shop Beer in South Knoxville, artist Paris Woodhull toasts to the completion of her first mural!
Instagram picture of Paris Woodhull
Maps by Paris Woodhull. (Image from Instagram)

In an interview by TV station WBIR, Paris said she was at first overwhelmed at the opportunity to create whatever she wanted on the designated wall saying, “Usually I only do client work.” But this talented young lady known for her cartoon-like drawings of Knoxville and vicinity, welcomed the challenge for another special reason: Her great, great, great grandmother Victoria Clafin Woodhull was the first woman to run for president back in 1872! Paris even named the mural “Victoria” after this very special woman in her ancestry.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Now, it’s one thing to create original drawings, but it’s another to paint a mural on a wall in front of a working business. But with paint cans and scaffolding, Paris scaled the walls coating them with a dark charcoal background making the artwork pop.

Caricatures of women wrap around each other as well as the windows and door of Print Shop Beer while happy images move in and around the larger-than-life forms, supporting each other as women do so well.

Supporting women -- mural in S. Knoxville by Paris Woodhull for Walls for Women

Smooth, clear colors and simple forms help us see the people for what they are — happy, contemplative, friendly souls moving in and around obstacles with ease. It’s a happy mural, one that speaks to the cooperation and movement of supportive women.

Corner girl in mural by Paris Woodhull

Knoxville is proud of Paris’s contribution to Walls for Women, and Paris may be pleased with her accomplishment as well.

Walls for Women mural by Paris Woodhull

After all, creativity in the time of Covid comes in many forms.

For more about Paris Woodhull, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and her website, Paris Woodhull Illustrations.

Admiring the creativity of others,

Rusha

13 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 110: Creativity in the Time of Covid

  1. Angelilie

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  2. Amy

    Great choice, Rusha! These walls for women paintings are not only creative, but inspiring and so very meaningful.
    Thank you for sharing with us. πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks, Leya. It seemed appropriate to showcase this creative endeavor that was also tied to a national celebration the same week. I appreciate your leadership with Lens-Artists Photo Challenges! Have a good weekend.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      She’s really a neat person. I’ve also gotten to know her mother and sister β€”all talented! This mural is a stretch for Paris because of the scale of the project and the medium. But her creativity and hard work brought beauty to Knoxville, so I’m all for it! Thanks for inspiration!

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