I am such an optimist. You can tell from my painting. All the bright colors and the whimsical titles. I just can't stay depressed for too long even when I am thinking pretty dire thoughts. I always seem to look on the bright side, the silver lining, the way forward, the stiff upper lip from my UK genes. I'm sure that's why today's politics and general state of culture pain me so. I keep wanting people to play nice again. When I kiss my husband goodbye each day I send him off with the same rule I used to assert to my kids: "Play nice, don't fight!" Some days he chuckles, other days he grumbles. Bob is less an optimist that I, especially at the break of dawn. Even reading our NextDoor Social Networking site, I become seriously concerned about the state of our own little area. People get "lit up" about just about everything it seems these days. When I've been stressed this past year I am greatly blessed to have my painting as the best way to escape for often 7 or 8 hours a day. We also have two Maltese pups who demand attention and "require" me (oh no!!) to go out to our lovely pool patio and watch them run about the plantings and mermaid statues. There I can also contemplate nature and try to forget the supposedly higher level world out there. What a lucky lady I am. In fact I've been feeling a bit guilty about my luck and have decided to look for ways to contribute more to society this year. I'm learning Spanish (again), hoping that will lead me to some social work. I used to be a Guardian Ad Litem, helping children whose parents were in trouble with the court system. It was the most rewarding thing I've ever done. Unfortunately, it's not available in the same form where I live now. So, if you care, stay tuned and I'll let you know what I find. In the meantime, send me ideas, especially comments about my art!
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These are such strange times, aren't they? Just as much for an artist as for everyone else, I promise you. We miss meeting people in art festivals and in galleries, gaining feedback on our work and seeing other artists' work. So I am exceedingly excited about my new website, Wanderlust Gallery! I am going to be putting new work here all the time and hoping you will talk to me about it. Tell me how it makes you feel. Yes, feel. Not just what you think about it, but how you feel about it.
You can see that I love travel. My dear friend, Muriel tells me that this started with my being born a Sagittarius. We Sags are being frustrated these days by the travel restrictions worldwide so it seems a good time for me to paint about, write about, dream about and ask you about some wondrous places in the world that I have been, perhaps you have visited and that we can have a great conversation about. You can make your comments via Facebook on WanderlustGallery.com. Let's get started!
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