If I had a slogan for the week , that would be it! I have missed 3 days of posting with my beloved group of "31ers", and I'm a little upset with myself about that, but I have been painting. So I'm going to upload several paintings today and make it an artist " Cosmo Kramer" slide into the room moment- "Hey all, I'm here" This painting is in progress, but that's how I am as well. And in progress means you're going somewhere. You aren't stuck. So I like that she's a wee bit undone at the moment. I'll post her later when she's finished. My life right now is interesting. It pulls in all directions with aging parents, teenagers, and all that entails. Last year I found myself depleted and in a pretty dark place, and felt very alone despite good friends and family.. It wasn't as much about other people as it was about myself. I needed to feed my soul, give myself what I had been giving others, and get to know who I was after a long time of trying to please everyone else. So about about 10 months ago, I decided it was time to put some of that energy back into myself, I got a new job, started meeting new people, working on my art and website again after a long hiatus . Through my new job, I met Denise Hopkins,www.denisehopkinsfineart , an artist, writer, and inspirational force of nature. She showed up in my life the day of the eclipse, and as someone who believes in signs from the universe, this was a big one. Through her I learned new lessons and was reminded of some I had forgotten over time:
Lessons in life/art
Take up space,
Don't be so afraid or prideful that you forget how to be vulnerable, Show your belly!!
Look up, raise your hands high and smile big- see if your thoughts and mood don't follow suit.
Believe in who you are and what you have to offer the world.
Keep moving forward, keep engaging, keep doing your thing.
As always, change is on the horizon, how big or small, I don't know, but I'm ready to let go of what I need to, embrace my life, and let it grow wildly. Art is a big part of that. Painting and writing restore a part of my soul. Being part of an art community here in St. Louis and online- meeting and interacting with the participants in the 31 day group, I have gained new friends, and I'm learning new lessons daily. I love it love what I'm doing and I'm thankful for my life today