Full circle.

This morning I was surrounded by art, to me that is such a wonderful way to spend any amount of time. This was work done by high school students and pieces that on March 24 I was apart of judging. On that day it seemed impossible to narrow down the sea of artwork to just a few, but somehow the other two judges and I made it happen.

It was incredible to see the work on the walls of the gallery in their true glory. I even got to meet some of the talented young artist. One in particular was so excited I would be surprised if her feet were touching the ground. I found myself jealous of her because she has a whole world yet to be discovered. Next year she will be going to college in New York City to become an animator. Not only will her class rooms be filled with talented artists, but she will also be in an epicenter of the art world.

Someday, I hope to catch her name in the credits of a movie, or to later find out that a new cartoon was created by her. I hope college is more than she ever dreamed it could be and she makes it her own. Maybe someday she will be sitting at a high school art show talking to an energetic young artist and she will think back to when I was talking to her and remember where she started.

Now, excuse me while I search for the addresses of the people who inspired me when I had no clue what it meant to be a working artist.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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Content.

For the last 21 days I have been working through a devotional journal that will take a total of 100 days to complete. Each page is full of God’s promises to us and has challenged me to reflect on my own life. I have been so inspired by how others are using this journal, that it pushes me to dig deeper into each promise He has given us.

img_6011Today the topic was about being content. This is something that I have been struggling with a lot with lately. I look around me and see where others are in their life, too often I it makes me feel disappointed and frustrated with my own. I know that these feelings should not bring me down, yet at every turn they do. It feels like each stranger that I meet has it figured out. Logically I know that is far from the truth, but these irrational thoughts eat at me more than I’d like to admit.

I do my best to look at the good things in my life. The small successes and the great future He has set before me. Each day I try my best to be content in what I have, and not long for what I want, but unfortunately I struggle daily. I am a work in progress, and hopefully tomorrow I will be more content than today.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Double the happy mail day!

I got two packages in the mail today, one was expected, the other was not. One alone would have been amazing, but the combination made today that much better.

img_5483At the end of February I put a call out on social media asking for someone to send me Cadbury mini eggs from Europe. The ones I can get state side I am unable to eat because they use artificial coloring in them, but in Europe it is all natural! It was amazing how quickly I got a response of someone willing to take the time to send them to me. In exchange I sent out a package of American candy to them. It took weeks for the package to arrive, but today was the magical day that chocolaty goodness was delivered. Now comes the tough part, rationing.

img_5482My second surprise delivery really was a surprise. A while ago I asked my aunt if she would make me a leather pencil wrap case that had a pocket for my travel watercolor set. I was excited when she took up the challenge because I knew it would be amazing, but after having it in my hands I can now say it is absolutely beautiful. I already have it stocked and ready to go in my purse for on the go journaling and watercolor adventures.

For a week I was dreading it had a wonderful start.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Art.

A few weeks ago a college friend asked me to judge a high school art show. I was nervous, but happily accepted the challenge. It was inspiring to see the amazing work the students created. There was a lot of talent represented at the show. Along with two other judges ribbons were handed out and the best in each each category and in show was awarded. I wish each student could have walked away with a ribbon, but unfortunately that is not the way things work.

I hope those who won are encouraged by their achievements, and those that did not challenge themselves to keep trying. Art is made of so many techniques, sometimes it takes time to find your rhythm and the exact medium you can reach true success with. Sometimes, I feel like I am still trying to achieve something that is just out of reach, but in time we can all reach our goal.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Inspired.

Sometime in college I was introduced to Wendell Castle’s work and I was instantly in love. He makes useful things so whimsical and wonderful, they look like creatures that could get up and walk away and each one more unique than the last. I am always drawn to his chairs or benches they seem like the perfect place to curl up with a good book.

img_4169img_4171Today I got to see Castle’s most recent exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. It is called “Wendell Castle Remastered” featuring pieces made in the last few years. At age 85 he continues to push boundaries and embrace new technology. This exhibit was a collection of works highlighting not only his skills, which are amazing, but also to show some of what technology now makes possible.

There were two short movies that were part of this solo exhibit. One was about Castle’s process and how it has changed over the years. He has been creating these art furniture pieces since the 1960’s, so there are a lot of changes that his technique and skills have gone through over the years. The other was about his life and the choices that got him to where he is now. This video spoke to me in particular, because Castle talks about all the decisions, small or large that got him to where he is now. He recently was given an honorary Doctorate in his home state of Kansas, while there he looked back on everything that he might have missed if he had not made the decision to take a position at RIT. I hope someday I can look back on my life with a similar point of view.

Spending time in a gallery is never wasted, and today was no exception. It was nice to be inspired.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

The Letchworth Arts & Craft Festival

Since I was in college I have gone to the Letchworth Arts & Craft Festival over Columbus Day weekend. It is an always an amazing festival full of talented people, and this year was no exception. Like all festivals it is always more fun to go with a friend. In past years I have not always been lucky enough to have someone, but this year and last I had an amazing person to wander around with.

This morning was dreary and it looked like a horrible day for an outdoor festival, but that is a rookie mistake. Not so fun weather helps to keep the crowds a little smaller and at a huge festival like this one that is important. Despite a short patch of rain we had a wonderful day and made some great purchases.

I am loving every opportunity that I have had lately to spend with friends old and new. Hopefully the friendships will be strong and encouraging to all involved. For me they have been an invaluable contribution to my life.

Now I just need to wait another 364 days for next years festival…

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Full Circle.

More and more I feel like I have gone full circle with my life. I’m back to feeling like all I do is watch the world pass me by as I sit alone. Thankfully I have never minded being alone, but sometimes I wish someone wanted to make an effort to come along side me. That is not to say I am lacking in people who care about me, because I am surrounded by many of that kind of person. What I wish I had is someone who calls or texts out of the blue just because, or who invites me for an adventure.

I have always been excellent at fitting into the in-between. Straddling lines of my interest and being forgotten in every direction. In college I was an athlete, and an art major, two things that usually do not mix very well so I was constantly lost in the gap between them. For the most part that was where I liked to be, but when it came to certain things it was difficult to be left out. So for the most part I ended up alone.

Most of the time I enjoy not having to deal with social obligations. It is nice being able to go home after a day of work and know I have no one to impress for the rest of the evening and if I choose to have ice cream for dinner no one will judge me. On the opposite site sometimes I miss engaging conversation and making dinner to share with someone else. The social aspect of my life is something I am not sure I will ever find balance with, but that will not make me stop trying. Who knows maybe next time I will have success.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.