Sunday, November 28, 2010
36 X 36"
mixed media on canvas
The Thanksgiving holiday ends for me tonight. Tomorrow I go back to school. The week I've had off from work was so busy that I didn't have time to sit still and write, but today, I thought I'd take a moment to reflect about all I have to be thankful for. It's been a tough year for so many. A dear friend of mine just lost her mother. Divorces tore families apart. Other friends lost jobs due to the economy. But, despite all of this, there is still so much to be thankful for. A brother and sister, long estranged, found each other again. A childless couple was blessed with triplets. A father, once diagnosed with a malignant, inoperable brain tumor, celebrated his ninth Thanksgiving with his family: cancer free.
I have many things to be thankful for too. and I want to take the time today to tell all of you reading this that I am truly thankful for the friends I've made here. You've added so much to my life. Because of you I found the courage to realize my dream of becoming a painter. You encouraged me. You taught me. You celebrated with me. But, the most surprising thing of all is that you kept showing up here, despite my irregular posting, especially this last year, when my time has been divided between home, school, studio, and gallery. I am so lucky to have you.
The painting I have posted here is a very happy piece that finished at about 7:00 the morning of my first art festival. (Well, actually, it was almost finished when I took it to Chastain Park. I painted the sides of the canvas after I got to my booth). This painting is special to me, and I felt inspired by the colors the entire time I was working on it. It was a fast piece, almost like a dance, and fun. My sister suggested that I call it Mood Indigo, which I think is a beautiful name, but it seems a bit sad and introspective. This painting is anything but that. Like much of my work, it's not about anything deep. It's just happy. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, "You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm." (Colette).
So, I named it Lucky Charms. Because I really am...lucky.