What Have I Been Doing

Bunny Clothes

Because my grandkids think I can pretty much make anything I’ve been asked to make clothes for a bunny. In all fairness I probably nudged the kids in the direction of thinking grandma is capable of all things. What can I say it’s not easy when they make me feel like a rock star.

So this is my second attempt of making bunny dresses. You see this “dwarf” bunny seems to be getting bigger then what the owner’s brochure said.

So I’ve make three sizes. I’ve also been asked to glam up the outfits. Apparently the little bunny is a bit of a diva. I will mail them out tomorrow.

I love being a grandma. I didn’t realize the pure joy this title gives me. My mom isn’t alive anymore but if she was I would tell her I’m sorry. I’m sorry for not bringing her granddaughter over more often then I had. My parents adored my daughter. It’s a different kind of love then the love of a parent and child. It’s different because you the grandparents are so glad to have lived long enough for this moment.

As a grandparent your never too tired. No request is usually denied and your time is their time. So when a granddaughter asks for bunny clothes you smile and ask, how many. ❤️

Brahma Chickens

I don’t know a lot about chickens but I had a client ask me to paint his. This was the first time someone who wanted a painting didn’t have a picture to give me. He wanted me to come to his farm and take my own photographs. I did. He said paint what inspires me.

What I learned from this experience is to provide a sketch of my vision before I begin to paint. I had not done that. He assumed I was going to paint the chickens in one way but I painted them in another.

It was a learning experience and I hoped he really did love the pictures as he claimed. But next time I will approach this commission entirely different. Show a sketch then pick up a brush. These are the final paintings.

The Power of Art

Recently a friend’s husband died. She has waited a while for family to get organized before having his memorial service. His service will be this Friday. So what do you say when someone loses their spouse? I feel at a loss sometimes of finding the right words said in the right way that gives comfort.

My friend is nearly completely blind. She has macular degenerative eye disease. I thought maybe I could paint her husband’s portrait using texture so she could feel him on the canvas. I did some research and it turned out to be beyond my artist abilities. But I didn’t give up.

My friend has a very large projector that she can use to help her see just a little better. She can see some things from her side better then directly in front of her. So I painted her husband’s portrait thinking of colors that would help her see him better.

I surprised her yesterday with my gift. She had tears. She told us how hard this past week has been. She told us how lonely she felt. She has many friends around her but none of us can fill the void of the loss of her husband.

I sometimes get discouraged with my painting. I think I’m not that good and then I get a rush of joy when I see I’ve made someone truly happy. Art did that. Art can make a difference. Art has power to heal. I love that about art.

Remembering Gary