Recently the dvm360 team moved into a swanky new office building. For the most part the walls are bare, and while there’s something to be said for the clean, blank-slate look, the dearth of animal images is not quite the thing for a group of pet-loving employees.
So our Fun Committee took matters in hand, combining a team-building activity with the creation of art for our walls. Here’s how it worked: We each submitted our favorite pet photo to a local Wine & Design franchise, which turned it into a black-and-white canvas ready for paint. They provided the supplies and the instruction—“Yes, the eyes look weird at first, but once you add the fur it’ll all come together”—and we did our best to master our insecurities and get fearless with our brush strokes (wine helped).
The results were remarkable. The resident designers and visually creative types ended up with masterpieces, of course. But we also discovered artists among us whose identity as such had heretofore been unknown. Even those of us who simply attempted to get blobs of paint in approximately the right colors in approximately the right places had something to be proud of (as I am of Lucy Jean up there above).
Plus, the whole experience was downright inspiring. Creating something with your hands taps into a piece of the spirit that nothing else can, even if you’re no Van Gogh, like yours truly. It was thrilling to see what coworkers and friends were capable of. We stared intensely at images of our pets for two-and-a-half hours, trying to do justice to their soft fur and soulful eyes, and fell even more rapturously in love with them as a result.
It occurred to me that this would be a fantastic activity for a veterinary practice to undertake. Throw a party, get creative, inspire one another and maybe even yourself, and end up with a whole passel of original art for your hospital walls. I promise you’ll love it.
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