Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger


First Datenight at New Home

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”– Mahatma Gandhi

Change is good. It sends you into new directions both physically and spiritually. I recently moved into a new home, which includes moving my home art studio. My life was packed in liquor boxes (but not a drop of booze to be found). How does one accumulate so much stuff in a lifetime? In preparation for the move, we needed to get rid of some of that stuff, so we had 3 garage sales. At one we met a young veteran and his wife and son who were moving into a small rental home but had little money and even less food. When we learned they were sleeping on the floor, my heart broke. We knew what we had to do. My husband and I loaded a queen bed, a set of sheets, blankets, and pillows, plus 4 boxes of food into the art van, and personally delivered it to them.

Two days before the close of our home that we were selling, my Dad had a cardiac cath and afterwards my Mom called to say he had to have triple by-pass surgery the next day. Thankfully we arrived at the attorneys’ office two days later with the news that my Dad’s surgery went well. He’s currently in cardiac rehab and doing fantastic.

After the close of our previous home, we next headed to an art show that ended with storms and a threat of a tornado. I don’t think we’ve broken down our booth and packed the art into the van any quicker.

Finally, we closed on our new home last Monday. I’m ready to get off the roller coaster, sleep a bit more, and settle into my new space. Even through all of the stress my head is filled with new painting ideas. Creativity has been a coping mechanism my entire life. Thank God.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Top 10 Things Overheard in My Art Booth in 2016



Just when I think the past year couldn't possibly be topped, the things people say at art shows continue to amaze me!

(Insert drumroll here). . . here are my "top ten" conversations, questions, and comments overheard in my art booth in 2016:

1.  My wife would have you bring the entire van full of art over to the house, but then I’d need a bank loan.
2.  Are these jewelry boxes? (asking about my “Outside of the Box” series)
3.  I’m looking for the scruffy guy with the beard who does wood sculpture.
4.  You look like your work - soft and beautiful.
5.  Were you having a stroke or causing a stroke when you painted this one?
6.  You gotta love an artist who has the guts to do this.
7.  These are just stunning, Cat! Yours is the only card I took from the show.
8. You’re not afraid of color, are you?
9.  That looks like what will be at the pearly gates.
10.  You’re a nice looking couple; maybe you can get a job at this show?