It occurred to me last month, in the midst of my own personal Birthday Celebration, that an attitude adjustment regarding CHRISTMAS could do me some good this year.
If you’ve been living in the United States since before Halloween — you don’t need ME to tell you that the commercialism and self-imposed chaos surrounding Christmas has gotten a little out-of-control.
And if this bothers YOU as much as it bothers ME — you know it’s difficult to not let the irritation this evokes overshadow a GREATER JOY that COULD be found in this wonderful Holiday Season.
I know how to paint. I wasn’t BORN knowing how to paint. It is a skill I have spent the past 15+ years developing. Sometimes with great purpose. But more often than not in the midst of shooing off all the “WHY I am I doing this?” thoughts that buzz around my head, like tired flies looking for a place to rest.
I had nothing better to do.
So EVEN THOUGH it felt like I might be getting-back-together with an old boyfriend who made me feel really bad about myself — I started up again. Doing the one thing I really KNOW how to do.
I started painting.
With caution. And little expectation. Or even HOPE. (Which is not really like me. At least not the Old-Me.)
And then surprisingly… (to probably nobody but the Lost-Me.) It returned.
Why do I give my art as GIFTS? Because I think that everybody could use a few more Pictures of Hope in their lives!
This month’s giveaway is a July Calendar for your desktop that includes my most recent painting called “Endurance.” Here is is drying on the easel in my studio today while the morning sun gives it a nice shadowy glow.
Inspired by my recent experience in Charleston, SC as one of 85 artists in the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition — “Endurance” tells my story of crossing the finish line. Even when I did NOT think I had it in me.
If you are interested in what it looked like, here are some photos I took during the very last hours, of the very last day, of this marathon outdoor art show. All the photos are views from within a 10″ radius of what had become my 10″ x 10″ outdoor home during the past 17 days.
Sometimes it takes longer to process the meaning that a painting holds, than it actually takes to create the piece.
After several weeks of mulling this one over in my head, it has finally become clear to me what this little Primrose Painting has to say.
This painting is the third in a series of three botanicals pieces which are snapshots taken from inside my painting studio.
The flowers in the bowl are a little primrose plant I found unexpectedly while getting groceries in February. I brought home this living bouquet of spring during the same week I learned some heartbreaking news. A dear woman I had admired from a distance — had finally completed the endurance test that had been put before her over the past two years.
A common denominator between gardening, mercy, and love
What is Timeless?
I asked a group of friends to look at my newest painting so they could help me come up with a title for it. I wanted the name to convey a character trait they admire. And with Mothers’ Day on the horizon, I suggested that if the name was something that reminded them of their mom — well, that would be even better!
Timeless was the word that jumped off the page, appearing multiple times. A word so rich with meaning that a book is probably a more appropriate venue to discuss this topic.