After 2 years in the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Counseling Program at NVCC I am now finishing up the last class with just my internship year left to complete; starting next fall! I am feeling energized and excited about new possibilities ahead, but sometimes a bit overwhelmed at putting all the various elements in my life together. In any case it has been a wonderful new direction that I never envisioned for myself, but life led me to it. I feel that this new path will open up new avenues for creating art for recovery in the future. Stay tuned to see how it all materializes…
I am writing about the wonderful feeling I got receiving an envelope of appx.. 30 thank you notes from what I think must be the third grade class that we did our guest author/illustrator presentation of “The Washington Oak Kittens” for several weeks ago. What a wonderful feeling reading all of those letters gave me!
I am so grateful to get a glimpse of the impact it made and to see everyone’s unique way of expressing their gratitude! I will treasure those notes. They are something I can pull out when I feel unsure or impatient for the next thing to happen with art. This note especially (that I have reproduced in my blog) is a reminder to me of one of the best qualities that children possess: nothing they imagine or want seems impossible! They clearly can envision it happening! I remember being that way, and know I need to get more of that feeling back . Just reading that comment about the Caldecott award made me laugh- it actually was in several of the notes! But then I thought to myself: It is so important to just do what you love and hope for the best, and not get so wrapped up with how things will happen, or what hasn’t produced results in the past, or what might not work in the future- that openness to possibility is the gift in these notes! Maybe as Tyler says: “it isn’t that hard”. So to all the children at the Kent Center School thank you- doing the presentation and receiving your special heartwarming notes has had a profound impact on me. I will remind myself today that even though that was my first book- who knows how many more may still be in my future! Thank you for wrapping up the perfect experience we had with a perfect ending!
I am excited about having signed up for Kelly Rae’s class e-course on mixed media painting! Although I feel like I have so little time to devote to it at present, I felt it was important to just start.
I am so inspired by the many artists out there that write and put inspirational words into their art.
My chosen mantra to start with in this course is “bloom“. Here is a quick photo we had to do for the course showing our “mantra” as applied to ourselves.
I am sharing a link to a blog called “A Beautiful Mess” that I find so inspirational, it is about looking for your dream and finding it from a different path in life than you originally envisioned. I seem to be in that place these days where I am searching on how to put together and balance various interests, career paths, etc. to fit my life for now.
My inspiration for today has come from reading other artists blogs and seeing their art. One of my favorites is Kelly Rae Roberts. Seeing the journey of how her journaling and working as a counselor combined with her art is fascinating to me. I have kind of done things in the reverse order. Working in art freelancing since the beginning of my career, (around a variety of other jobs) it took me years to find my style. I had a good run with my holiday designs and had many images that were licensed for other uses through the 100+ images I have represented with Illustration Source (This illustration is one in that collection).
Now I want to create new art that combines inspirational messages for recovery, and being lifted up spiritually. That will be the theme in my next body of work-more art from the heart, and my life experience that will have some of those encouraging messages that we all need to anchor ourselves through life’s ups and downs. The challenge is with my job and school there is so little time right now. I know I can produce some art this summer though, when I have a break from school. I hope my journey in putting words with my art, and hopefully reigniting my art career in a new direction will just naturally unfold if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I know God will find a way to use and combine it all…