Here’s a simple painting to help calm a busy life. I know I did it to myself. But, busy isn’t necessarily bad. So here are the good points of four art festivals and one week-long paint out and one three-day paint out in two months.
- My paintings got to see people.
- I received significant affirmation that I’m doing something right.
- I got to meet some really friendly people.
- I got to encourage some creative people who were just starting on a journey to express that creativity through visual art.
- A bunch of my paintings have found a new home.
- I’ve met some really nice artists who are giving, independent and courageous. Anyone who does this art fair life has to be all of those three things.
- I feel blessed to be able to do what I do.
So, I’m off to Epcot this weekend to paint in the Artists in the Garden Weekend as part of the Flower and Garden Festival. The weather is definitely iffy. But, you don’t say the word “rain” if you are part of the Disney cast. So I’m planning on chilling and painting what is right in front of me. And letting that chilling come right out of my brain through my right hand, and into that wooden handle, past the metal ferule, over natural bristles, and into strokes of luscious oil paint on clean linen canvas.
Busy is good. The above painting is the beginning of another day. It’s a simple composition, but it is a complex mix of subtle colors of the morning and the new day. It makes me happy to think that a young family in central Florida now has it prominently displayed in their home and gets to look at it each day. I hope they see it as a representation of a calm new beginning.
Thanks for looking.