Well, excuse me, where did May disappear to?! I'm so sorry that it has taken me so long to sit down and share with you about the art event I had in May! To be quite honest, leading up to and following I was at a bit of a loss for words... :O .. or as the case may be, a total loss for words!
There is so much that goes into preparing to show your work, not just the physical preparation of the artworks or the cards and prints etc., but all the internal preparation to get ready to expose yourself and open yourself to that kind of vulnerability. It was a new experience, as I haven't had an event quite like that before. It was different to having a market stall or hanging work in a cafe space or a group show... even though the event was to raise support for cancer research, the thing that made it feel different was that people made the decision to come there to see my work.... :O It was exciting and terrifying at the same time. I had no idea what to really expect, but I felt totally surrounded in support and that made stepping out into this new experience much easier! Having the right people around you to cheer you on really makes all the difference, and makes that level of vulnerability feel much less scary.
As it turned out, the whole day was incredible... there was such a positive, happy and bright vibe as people came and enjoyed each other's company. I was blown away by the amazing and positive feedback that people offered to me about my work. Over the week that followed as I packaged up paintings to send to their new homes, I felt so ovewhelmed with gratitude
and a sense of joy to know that I was also able to give back to such a good cause (with 20% of all the sales going to the Cancer Council to support cancer research).
As I think back on this event, I love how it felt like such a true and beautiful reflection of what my art is about. It also really makes me glad to know that I have people around me who believe in me enough to help push me out of my comfort zone. It is so easy to stay inside what feels familiar and 'safe'... but without pushing that boundary we cannot grow and we cannot reach our potential. It also made me appreciate the way that those special people can act as guides when we can't find our feet... when I'm struggling to trust my path, I can trust those special people who have been placed in my life to remind me of who I really am... my truth and my potential... the ones who can see it clearly even when my vision might be blurred with fear or doubt. My heart is so deeply and completely and forever thankful.... there really are no words.
Above all else, I really do hope that my art can bring light and life and JOY to others. I hope that by following this vulnerable path and always striving to be my most authentic self both on and off the canvas that it will give BACK to others....
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you... to ALL OF YOU.. for all of your support. I can't even tell you how much it means!
Here are a few more photos of some of the paintings... :)
Do you have a fav. amongst these paintings? I'd love to know which one/s you are drawn to... I find it fascinating to hear how different paintings speak to different people. While looking at one of my paintings with me at the event, I asked my little niece (who is 6.5 years old!) what she thought. "It reminds me of the ocean" she told me... "it looks like seaweed and mermaids"... and now every time I look at that painting I'm reminded of her sweet interpretation and it has given it so much added beauty! I'd love you to share yours with me! :)