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Sunday, November 28, 2010

IF: Savour



Lucky Charms
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.

8 comments:

Susan Roux said...

Hi Kathy. So happy you stopped by. You left such a lovely comment, it touched me. Thanks. We do have so much to be thankful for. Happy painting!

Janet Ghio said...

The colors you use on your paintings are vibrant but soft at the same time. Wonderful!

Roberto said...

Hi Kathy, Very good job. Visually powerful!
shocking!

Poetic Artist said...

I like this piece very much. Funny on my post..I talk about dancing with the paint.
Take care,
Katelen

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Super beautiful..i love the vibrant color-rush..wonderful piece..gorgeous!! lovely to meet you!

Victoria~
Enchanting the Invisible

Katie L. White said...

Beautiful colors.

Antonio Machado said...

Beautiful abstract art
congratulations

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Oh Goodness Gracious!!1 I have been so slack on blogging and blog visiting that I have missed so much wonderful art from you! I am loving the abstracts that you are doing now! I have always loved your collages but the abstracts are FANTASTIC!