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.
What kind of an artist are you? Some artist just sit down or stand, paint brush in hand and they have a definite idea, a creative sketch which they put down on canvas, paper or in an art journal. After five years of painting, and trying to figure out what kind of an artist I am, I have accepted that I don’t have a particular artist title I just love to paint. What I do know is that I love to paint and create. I need to paint. I am not your typical artist professionally trained I am self-taught, or it’s just in my DNA. Painting makes me happy, it helps me to stay focused on life and I feel good when I have completed a canvas. I get excited over gesso, smeared on paper, on a canvas or in an old book. I feel such joy when I pick up a bottle of neon pink, neon orange or really any bottle filled with color. The possibilities are endless once you start and all it takes is a brush, paint and something to lay your paint on. My art style is just my style. We all have our own way of creating, it doesn’t matter if you are professionally trained or self-trained. I have grown as an artist over these five years. I feel more self-confident. I believe in going with my first intuition it has never failed me in these five years. I haven’t always had a trust of my own intuition. I don’t believe we are born with it, I do think we can learn to be open to trusting our inner feelings and trusting that what we are feeling is right and true. I am an artist and I paint what I feel. That’s my style……..
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.