I have to start close to home -ok in my home at this very moment- with my daughter, Madeline. She is my all time art cheerleader. She races to be the first one to like my art on Facebook and Instagram. She is my official stopper. I used to have a horrible time finishing art. I was either not happy with it and thus would put it away forever, or I would work on a piece forever, just to muddy and ruin it. After nearly two years (April 11, 2014) of completing and posting one painting each day, I can happily say this is no longer a problem for me. My art stopper has built my confidence and instilled in me a sense of appreciation for what God has given me, so that I know to stop now, and like it. I will be forever grateful. What's more, she is a very willing and beautiful ballerina model for me... even venturing in the rain for some crazy wet look painting I'm wanting to create. I listen to her speak the foreign language of ballet to me, and she in turn puts up with my endless excitement of Chagall or O'Keefe or silverpoint...etc. But then, this description is one of tolerance, when it is so much more. I truly find joy in her excitement of dance and she finds the same in me and my world of art. Am I blessed, or what?!
And not to leave out my two college boys (I love you the purplest!) -Patrick and Jonah are encouraging as well. I think they both must have realized the empty hole in me that would need to be filled when they moved out. While both, I know are busy with school and not generous with Facebook "likes;" when either of them do click that button, it means so much. I figure I must have done something pretty fantastic. Jonah gives me a lot to think about and laugh about, working two areas of my brain that contribute to my art. Patrick spurs me on to try new things, from printmaking to sculpting marble. He keeps me unafraid. I am truly one blessed mamma!
Venturing out of my home, there are so many... I could start with my friend, Christa, who happened to mention an online art business class I might be interested in: Creatively Made Business with Jeanne Oliver. Thank you both! And thanks too, Christa for your encouragement be it Facebook or in the ballet parking lot!
Thank you to Maria Crane and JoAnna Quintrell for entrusting me with my very own show at The Journey Center.
Sometimes we reach out to thank the people right there...in the moment. Sometimes it's reaching back into our pasts and connecting the dots. When I think back to high school, I need to thank my speech coach and friend Patrice Stanzione. She Pulled me out of hiding out in the art room and gave me a voice. And if I didn't have the words, she told me to use what I did have. (Oh the horrific expos speech!)
At the risk of sounding like an academy award speech, I'll wrap this up with quick shout out to my so Cal friends, my speech and debate friends, my church friends... all of you who take the time to like my work or message me- or even purchase my art... I am in awe of your kindness and generosity. It may seem silly or trite to like Facebook and Instagram likes and shares... but it keeps me connected to you. I know I met up with you that day, and even though we may not have shared a coffee and conversation, we shared a smile that day. Thank you. You mean the world to me.
I'll have to go make a late lunch for my darling daughter and finish this at a later date- but know that you are loved; that you are appreciated and prayed for. God's blessings on this glorious day.