Life Lesson

My 11 year old granddaughter sent me a picture she had taken of a zebra. She wanted to know what I thought of the photo. Like any good grandma I used encouraging words about her photographic abilities. I then said I would love to one day paint it. She quickly responded that she hoped I would say that and yes I could paint from her photo. She had one requirement. “Grandma, I want credit for the photo.”

Hum, now where did she learn about that? I assured her I would and proceeded to paint her zebra. I have asked her if she liked the final product. She whole heartedly said yes she loved it.

Now she hasn’t asked me if she can have the painting. But I’ve been thinking. If she does should I give her a life lesson that includes a payment plan??

“All Black and White” acrylic on canvas 18”x24”

Reference photo. Original photo taken by “Leena Merchant”.

Create! Wisconsin Art Show 2020

For the first time I entered “Create! – Wisconsin Art Show a juried event held at the Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin. I was notified this week that I received, in the amateur category, a 2nd place win with my watercolor painting of Nepal Girl. The photo was taken in Nepal by my cousin’s friend Melanie Wainwright who was stationed there. I loved the photo and was graciously given permission to paint it.

My painting will be on display until January 14, 2021. If you are in the area I encourage you to stop by and check it out.

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My One Lone Duck

It hasn’t been easy to paint so painting has been at a slower process then usual. That’s ok. I watch the news and then I feel so drained. I’ve decided for my own mental health I need to regulate how much news I watch each day. Each day I also search for joy.

I have decided to call someone to let them know I am thinking of them. Society seem to often communicate by texting then by talking. We need to not just rely so much on texting. It is not enough to help find joy. Do when I call and visit with a friend or with a family member I love hearing about their life, their families and how they are spending their day. We all have a story to tell.

This week my granddaughter stopped at the house and tapped on the patio door. So good to see her. We shared a few words and said “I love you’s”. It was a moment of joy.

I have actually been listening to several different podcasts and so many talk about joy. I am lucky I have my husband with me but not everyone has someone to be with during this period of isolation. So think of them and pick up the phone. No one is ok being alone all of the time.

Find joy for yourself and help others find their joy during this most challenging and difficult time.