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“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
“We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” Poet Jack Gilbert
Growing up my grandmother gave me lots of life advice. I think the most important advice she gave me is this; Do not let your heart be the lead when making important life decisions, use your brain. Now, I know that sounds harsh, but to a kid that made a lot of sense. After all, how could my heart possibly help me to make a big life decision?
One day I walked by a paint brush laying on my kitchen table. A brush left laying there by my granddaughter, Maddy. I clearly remember picking it up, twirling it through my fingers and flicking the bristles back and forth across the top of my fingernails. Something about the way that brush made my heart flutter and my brain wonder intrigued me. This was the first time in my life that I had refused to follow my grandmother’s advice and instead made a decision based, not on logic, but on a deeply emotionally charged heart full of pain and yearning. I jumped in feet first and never once thought about the consequence of my actions. Seriously, what could happen to me by doing this? I was looking at a paint brush, then I was playing with color, paints and oh the joys of gesso, ideas just poured out of me. All kinds of beautiful, wonderfully colored views. It felt like a rebirth. I felt new again, I felt shiny and bright again. I am an artist.
Painting on canvas was part of an awakening within me. This was my way of explaining that sometimes you just have to go with what your heart is telling you. Don’t ignore it, or try to make it logical, just jump in feet first.
I have painted many canvases with some kind of hearts either attached, made out of newspaper, made out of plain paper, brightly colored, hearts with words scrolled across them and I have painted many different things since that first canvas. I joyfully subscribe to the yearning for creativity in my heart and not the logic in my head. The stories in my heart are endless. My story is to be continued……… What stories do you have in your heart?
Oh the joys of gesso. #joy, #gesso
Love is a word.
Love is more than a word, it’s a feeling deep in your heart.
Love is John, dear sweet husband.
Love is my granddaughter Maddy growing up and still wanting to hang out with her BeBe.
Love is Mason and Andrew giggling, being silly, and running barefoot through my house.
Love is Alex, growing up into a young man who still laughs at my silly jokes.
Love is our sweet dog Ally, she grows older by the day but still has the spark of a puppy.
Love is a warm coat and gloves on 0 degree day’s.
Love is a paint brush fully loaded with Cobalt Teal.
Love is a piece of vintage, shinny, velvet, embossed wallpaper.
Love is creating something from soft fabric, then giving it away.
Love is the glue on my fingers then pulling it off piece by piece.
Love is the start of a new painting.
Love is full of hope on a hopeless day.
Love is every day a beautiful thing.
I have decided to started a journal of my intentions for the New Year. Intention No. 1 – Be more proactive in showing my art on my blog. Intention No. 2 – Blog every day regardless of the length of the blog. I must continue to be a better caretaker of my blog. Sometimes I find it hard to sit and blog about my daily life. I will do better at sharing. I am a Mixed Media Artist. I create art every day. I have to create art every day because, in the end, it keeps me centered. I hope you enjoy my art pictures. I have added a widget which you can click to take you directly to my Instagram account. I upload a lot of art on Instagram. I hope you find something interesting to look at and please linger awhile and enjoy my photos. Wishing you a New Year full of joy and I hope you take the time to make new intentions for your New year. Your life’s work is important to you and the universe. After all, the universe needs beautiful and caring souls like yourself…… If you would like to share some of your intentions for the New Year, I would be happy to read them. BeBe.