I had always considered myself to be a watercolor artist and to be honest, I was always boxed in by those thoughts and that particular "label". I thought that's all I could and would ever do with my art. Then life has a funny way of coming along and throwing you a a curve ball, or two, or three. Some know, some don't, but I had a very dear friend that committed suicide - it will be 3 years this July. After that happened, I lost my heart and lost my way. I couldn't think straight and was overwhelmed with emotion. He left me a goodbye note. I thought I should have seen it coming. I thought I could have stopped it if I had known. There are so many emotions, even still.
I never thought I would pick up a brush again - and I didn't...for a long time. Later that same year, by some divine intervention or design, I happened upon a workshop that Carol Nelson was doing on mixed media techniques. I didn't really even know what that was, but felt ready for something different and felt ready for a change. I couldn't find a way to deal with my sorrow and loss, what would it hurt to do this. I don't have to talk to anyone or look at anyone, right? I'll just sit in my little corner and get lost. And, that is exactly what I did. I took the workshop and I was never the same. I got lost in the moment. So many emotions poured out into my work, so many things that I just couldn't say.
BlossomI decided I needed to add some text, that I needed to say something to complete my thoughts and feelings. I found some vintage sheet music and tore each individual letter out to complete my phrase. Some of that old sheet music and lettering is just beautiful and I wanted to capture that. The text reads, "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom." And so, a new day was born. In my friend's goodbye note, one of the last things he said was that he loved my paintings. I want to honor that, be brave, and take in each day, if only one minute at a time.
|Text from vintage sheet music.|
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