Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stepping Up - or - Has it Been 4 Years Already?!?!

...let's just say I got a little sidetracked since my last blog post!

I met and married a wonderful man - we have just celebrated our one-year anniversary.  I've been incorporated into his wonderful family: two beautiful successful daughters, their equally impressive husbands, and 4 of the world's greatest grandchildren ages 22 months to 7 years.  It's only taken me 61 years to get it right..... I could give thanks for my blessings the entire day!

But I can't.

We have also just purchased a home in N. Georgia on Lake Lanier.  That means packing, unpacking, cleaning, painting walls, bringing our dock up to code, and various other tasks that new homeowners have to deal with.  But what inspirational country for an artist!  The hills, the trees, the lake and all it's wildlife....I could just sit on the back porch all day watching Mother Nature's dance.

But I can't.

Because in the past year, I have also had cataract surgery in both eyes.........I know, so young!?! ; )  But what a spectacular stroke of luck!  I landed in the hands of an angel in the form of Ophthalmologist, Mark Manocha, MD, In Savannah, GA.  His skill has made it possible for me to now drive without the need for glasses!  Because of severe astigmatism and nearsightedness, I have not been without glasses since the age of 5.  I can now watch TV, drive, and recognize a robin on a wire 100 feet away....all without those cumbersome spectacles creasing the bridge of my nose.  I am SO excited!!!  "Thank you" just doesn't express my gratitude to Dr. Manocha and his wonderful team.

Life is truly GOOD!

But now it's time for me to step up.  I am an artist.  I began as a commercial artist 30 years ago.  I've also been a successful fine artist selling my paintings in art shows and galleries.  Sadly, however, I have not done any significant art in years.  I could blame it on the economy, my eyesight, an exhausting divorce, earning a living as a substitute teacher, earning a masters, planning my wedding, or beginning a new life.  (Whew!  All that in the past 6 years - that could be part of the reason....)  But the truth is not that simple.  And looking back does nothing to change the past; I have always found the future much more exciting to think about anyway.  Let's just say I've "stepped away" from my art for a few years.  If you're like me and you've somehow misplaced that passion, that urge compelling you to create, you understand.  Artistic talent is a precious blessing and it hurts to let it go.  But don't fret!

The spark is always there.  For ever and always.

My life is "in order" now; it's time to rekindle that fire - that passion.

My first big "step" up is writing this post.  The minute it's published, I will be be accountable.  (Trust me, I'm a product of Catholic school; guilt is in my DNA.) 

If you've read this far, maybe you can identify with me, maybe I can inspire you; maybe together we can develop the thrust to do wonderful, exciting things with our lives, and our talents.  For truly, your interest in my art is the only reason I create.

If no other creature could hear, would a bird have reason to sing?

It's an adventure.  Let's see what happens!


PS:  My Goal this week is to begin a new painting.  Let's just jump in with both feet!  Check back next week to see how it's going........we'll both be surprised!  ; }