On June 8, I received an email from a publisher asking me if I would be interested in writing a short story for their upcoming book. The title of the book is Life Lessons from Grandparents. I am so honored to be part of this book publication. I have been so lucky to have grandparents in my life from childhood into adulthood. As a child, my grandparents were always there for me. Because of them and my mom and dad, I learned what it means to be a grandparent. I learned so much from my grandparents; they were always available. My mom’s parents became the subject of my short story. I choose to write about my Grandmother Florence. Her story is one of heartbreak from an early age to a joyful determination in her later years. I have uploaded my story to the publisher, and they responded back to me that it is one of the most powerful, heartwrenching stories they have ever received. They also realized her story is at the core of life’s ups and downs, a remarkable journey. I think I told the story my grandmother could never tell herself. I am honored to be part of this book along with other authors. I will share the release date once I receive it.
I have so many artist friends on-line and they are wonderfully supportive and sharing of their time and beautiful art. We encourage each other and share ideas. I was reading my artist friend Joanna Grant’s blog post that told the story of how she and another artist friend exchanged some unfinished art then finished each other’s art piece. It intrigued me and I loved Joanna’s idea. I sent her a message and ask her if she would be interested in swapping some unfinished art with me. To my delight she said yes. As an artist, your mind is always open to new wonders that surround you, which leads to many ideas and many art pieces started then laid aside due to being not what you expected, or not going where you wanted it to go. I have a few of those unfinished pieces sitting in my studio and waiting for something to happen. I had jumped in wholeheartedly many times and took a canvas that was unfinished and gave it a new vision. Most times it was meant to sit for awhile and for me to walk by many times and look at with a new view. We always come back with a new idea for our unfinished pieces with fresh ideas, new concepts and color palettes. That is the way of the artist. Eyes wide open to all the beauty that surrounds us.
I sent Joanna five pictures of some of my unfinished pieces to choose from, and she sent me pictures of her pieces unfinished and waiting. We each picked two of each others artworks, dropped them in the mail to each other and set a date for their completion. We will keep you updated on our journey. Thank you Joanna for trusting me with your beautiful unfinished artwork, and I am so thrilled to join you on this journey. I love the quote ” If you want to do something, begin.” I am not sure who the quote was written by, but now we begin.
This is Joanna’s blog link: http://www.joannabananadesignoriginals.blogspot.com. Be sure and check out her awesome art and blog.
Life Documented – I love to art journal in between working on my mixed media art pieces. This years art journal is a typing book reclaimed and gently painted. I fill my journals with the years stories and paintings. My journals carry me through the year and all the good and wonderful people I surround myself with hold a special place on a page in my journal. It reminds me of who I am and where I want to go. Life is a true journey. Whatever your path always be true to your journey. Don’t give up or give in stay the course and follow your true path.