I produce a lot of artwork. Sometimes I am working so quickly (painting, curating, running kids to gymnastics, making price tags, attending openings), that I fail to photograph some of my work before it sells. Below is such a piece. But a very supportive, sweet client and person was kind enough to bring it to the gallery last night so that I could finally document it. I really do love this piece and now it makes me think of all of the kindnesses that have recently been bestowed upon me. (READ BELOW)
Untitled, Acrylic & Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper, 26x38, 2012
I have been "gone" for so many years and the world has now welcomed me back with so many supportive, inspiring, and kind friends and role models. These people have come in the form of gallery members and founders, friends I have known for so long but now see in a different light, gallery patrons, and dear family members. Just last night alone I was overwhelmed by all of the giving.
(READ MORE BELOW the bat a bunny piece, which was a small commission done for the same woman who brought in the snail piece-above- to the gallery)
In addition to the gluten-free gifts, tokens for my children, time spent with my children, purchases of my work, and offers of help, are kind words. The encouragement and support I am suddenly being offered by fellow gallery members, family, friends, and gallery patrons is overwhelming and I usually don't even know how to respond. The ironic part is that the people bragging about my artwork to others and giving me constant encouragement, are all amazing people and/or artists themselves. And as one of them would say, "I fail." I want to say, SINCERELY, "you're are amazing too," "your work inspires me....it's truly breathtaking," "thank you for your encouragement and help," etc. But the words don't come out. My social awkwardness pretty much only allows me to smile. I actually kind of like being socially awkward, but sometimes using my words would be helpful! Ha ha! This post is getting very cheesy, but I felt that in the midst of my frenzy of painting, being a mom, enjoying this "new" life, and forgetting to photograph my work, I should say "thank you." I will wrap it up by saying that your "gifts" to me and my family have inspired a small installation for an upcoming show in September.