Has anyone seen my passion? My inspiration? Tripped over my very essence of creativity and fun? Sometime’s I think it all get’s burdened and weighted down by a big mountain of a rock I call “Being a Grown Up!” Or at least my version of what being a mother, friend, queen (and King) of my household, PTA member, daughter, chauffeur, gourmet chef ( I mean short order cook as my daughter says “burger, fries & chicken please” like those are the staples of her diet), cheerleader, dishwasher and grocery getter! I’m already exhausted! ugh Or am I?
I look up on the walls and see paintings, my very own creative expression, and see my life before me. A critic recently commented “A Four- Foot Banana” like he was saying my artful expression wasn’t serious enough for his complex palette. If it’s good enough for Warhol and the Violent Femmes and frankly friends at the time I painted Mr. Banana I wasn’t thinking of Andy, I was thinking about feeding my family (something other than “Burgers, Fries, Chicken”) and the banana bounced off my grocery list and became the inspiration of my new body of work!
A four- foot banana, grapes, apple (that looks like a pumpkin) and huge grapefruit. All these simple expressions of my everyday life. Each with it’s own story of how it became a significant symbol of a past memory!
Which brings me to a very important question…What is a mother, spouse or parent (whatever title you give yourself) to be if one get’s lost in the duty of our everyday life? I say climb that mountainous Rock and claim it for what it is…..our life! My life! We can dream about vacations, retirements, and a life that is someplace in the future, or we see what is fruitful about today! Be like Elton, take out those Cherry Red glasses and see, what might have become dull and gray, be painted over with a splash of color!
October brings our last painting class of 2011.
(Private bookings available upon request)
To celebrate the fun and creativity we’ve shared I’ve invited a new friend. Known around town as a “Artist/Cowboy” Chad ISham. Chad is an accomplished artist, daddy, friend, chauffeur, gourmet cook… we’ll you get the point. Chad’s also logged in time as a scenic artist on PBS shows Barney and Wishbone (ask him about his Emmy). After a five-year hiatus he’s back in studio creating his next body of work (I’ve had a peak and it’s fantastic!) The best part… he also paints fruit!
Just like me I’ve found an artist soul friend who finds inspiration in his everyday life. Chads will be on hand to give a more technical approach to painting on canvas. As usual I’ll flit around and remind you “it’s your painting and I’m not giving you my answer” but I’ll sure help bring your expression to canvas. Come early, take your B Vitamin and paint late. Take this last opportunity to capture what is amazing and inspiring about you and your life. Allow Chad and I to help facilitate an evening of fun, creativity, inspiration and passion! What are we painting? Of course a big bowl of fruit!