I have not written a blog yet, but I thought I give it a try. Also, I'm fairly new to The Art Colony, but have never encountered such a wonderful group. By accident, I found The Art Colony, when I posted a question online and was led to this site. The comments and assistance I get from other artists are so encouraging. My wish is that I can share my knowledge with others for their advancement in art. We all have a common goal and enjoy what we are doing. It is really great to be a member of this community. Every day now, and not just once but several times, I check what is new, admire the various artworks of others, and try to learn how to get around. Quite a lot is being offered.
I'm a grandmother, and my husband and I raise our two grandchildren. Christian is ten and Malinda is fourteen. Assisting with homework, dealing with schools and teachers, is a different ballgame than doing art. It is good that I have a variety in my daily schedule. Having these two children around keeps me up to date in today's world. Beside this, I also enjoy cooking. An additional entertainment I have are my five birds, Nikki - African Grey, Kirby and Lacey - lovebirds, Snow White and Peppi - budgies, and Lacy, the dog. My life is pretty colorful. Yes, I find the time for painting, drawing, and designing.
I'm a self-taught artist and painted on and off for the last 40 years, but never seriously. In 2011, I had my third spine surgery, which was the result of an automobile accident, caused by a drunk female driver. This last surgery left me paralyzed from the hips down. What a rude awakening. Now, I almost, but not quite, see it as a positive happening. Do you know WHY? I discovered anew my love for painting. I was no longer able to drive, so most of my time was and still is spent at home. I have sold paintings, participated in shows and got awards, and one painting was accepted at the International Peace Exhibition at the Nagasaki International Peace Museum in Nagasaki, Japan. I belong to an Artist Guild. Other artists, including myself, meet once a month, critique each other, and have a Japanese artist as a guide.
In the meantime, I also accomplished another mile stone. For close to two years now and with hard work, I learned to walk with a walker. My left leg can push 188 pounds on a leg press, which is normal. The right leg is much slower, but is still improving. As you can see, what hard and disciplined work can accomplish. My physical therapist, whom I see only every other month now, told me that he had never experienced a process like mine in his entire career. I still continue with my daily exercises, which are so important. This is only one part of my life's journey.