I can’t believe that May is almost here! Again time flies by.
This year has been a rollercoaster for me. A time of major ups and major downs.
After a wonderful Christmas and New Year with our family in England (always the best fun), I started 2017 back in Canada having a great time participating in a watercolour class at the Oakville Art Society. Classes give you the opportunity to meet fellow artists, play with some paint, and there’s always something new to learn. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Shelley Prior is an amazing teacher!
In February a girls’ weekend in Muskoka inspired me to paint some snow scenes. It was something I hadn’t done before and Shelley had some great tips for me. The cottage we were at was magical: like being inside a snow globe looking out at the frozen lake and counting the deer (yes “deer”, there were SO many, it was unbelievable!)
At the beginning of March I was so honored when Oakville ArtWorks chose my “Cuba Blues” acrylic painting I did last summer for their Juried Show. The opening reception was March 2nd and I was so pleased to see friends come out to support me.
Then in April I was accepted into the Oakville Art Society’s Juried Show! –To be recognized in two important juried shows in a row! What an honour. I’m so thrilled!
Just as I was on this all time high of creating and enjoying life, and feeling blessed to receive such valid recognition, I was given a reality check. We all know that life has its ups and downs. I like to think that I don’t take anything for granted, but this Spring between these truly great times I had some unexpected time for reflection. I’ve had to deal with some serious health issues and always figured I knew what my challenges were, but this one caught me by surprise. Things can change on a dime and I was painfully reminded of how fragile life can be when I found myself being rushed into hospital to be admitted, not once, but twice with acute severe asthma exacerbations. I know I have asthma, but it’s always been more of an occasional nuisance: easily controlled. It’s never been anything “life threatening” and that’s what this was. It was a “perfect storm” -it happened so fast. The good news is, I’m here now writing about it, but it was one of the scariest experiences I’ve ever had. Not being able to breathe and then not be able to talk…..
But enough! Here I am at the other side of it, thinking I really need to create more, paint more, worry less, buy that crazy shirt, dance in the rain, do the things that feed my soul……I know this, we all know this, I’ve said it here and I say it all the time, but we also all tend to backslide. Which is probably normal too. We can’t walk around obsessing about it all, but I am so grateful to be here.
I’ve been thinking about some new pieces I’d like to do. My husband wants me to “paint big”….so maybe I’ll dust off my bigger brushes and canvases and try something a little different! I was back at my Tai Chi class today. I’ve been to one “Asthma Class” (not as much fun as Shelley’s class). I’m slowly, but surely getting back on track. I missed the deadline for Shelley’s Spring class I wanted to take, but that’s ok. There’ll be others!
I love this time of year. Everything “greening up”. Birds returning and getting their summer feathers. I feel like I’m waking up too. I’m so grateful for all I have. I am so lucky. Let’s paint fun, pretty things!!! Oh and if you stop by and visit me: expect more dust bunnies and dishes in the sink. After some reflection, I’ve decided to re-arrange my priorities a bit!
The Oakville Art Society Show is on now, so moving forward I look forward to the reception May 7th. If you can make it out, be sure to look for my watercolour: