Hands. Hard-working. Expressive. Creative.
I often think about the time I visited an art gallery in Pasadena, which featured the work of a photographer who had taken pictures of hands. The black and white photographs showcased the hands of famous artists, potters, weavers, metal workers, etc. The hands were photographed against dark fabric so the viewer was left to contemplate the hands and imagine their role in the creative process. My favorite photographs in the exhibition were hands coated with clay, or marked with paint, or stained with fabric dye. All the hands pictured in the exhibition were part of the creative process as they brought the artist's vision to reality.
When I think of clients selecting and placing miniatures in the sandplay tray, I observed how they approached the miniatures and the developing sand scene. And, because they worked at my eye level, I could watch the action of their hands as they worked to create their scene and reveal their process.