What a week this has been! I've been showered with love from everyone here on the Internet and at home. I celebrated a birthday this past weekend, and it has been the best ever. I love it when your birthday falls on a weekend, and it becomes your entire birth-weekend.
Tim Burton and Disney jump started my birthday with the release of "Alice and Wonderland". Thank you!!! We went off the island to see it...or as we say on the island, "overseas". My son's girlfriend, Kelly joined us. To my surprise, she gave me my first birthday present.
Not only is she beautiful, she is so thoughtful! I'm going to keep it on my nightstand and fall down the rabbit hole every night before I go to sleep. And for those of you, who haven't seen the new movie....omg...it is incredible. Probably my all time favorite movie.
Saturday, I woke up to a showering of gifts from my family. I received chocolate truffles, a digital portfolio viewer (that allows me to take photos of my art with me in my purse), The 4 Hour Work Week book (lol), the most scrumptious chocolate cake and this great Porcupine ring!
And...my daughter's best friend, 9 year old Reegan, surprised me with flowers,a jellyfish paperweight, chocolate and a handmade card. She bought most of it with her allowance.
She is a very special girl...who I'm convinced is going to grow up to be an artist.
Then if that wasn't enough...Danny whisked me away to St. Augustine to stay at the stunningly gorgeous Casa Monica Hotel.
That evening, per my request we dined at my favorite restaurant...The Tasting Room. I wanted to go there, not just for the food, but because I knew Meraux Dantes was going to be there. Meraux is the mentalist/magician that I've told you about. He performs tableside on Wednesday and Friday nights at The Tasting Room. Meraux has been somewhat of a muse for me lately. He sent the great email that broke the artist block that I was experiencing a few weeks ago. After that email, I painted "Peacock Garden". I wanted to surprise him with a giclee of the painting.
He was very touched by the gesture, and we talked for awhile. We took this picture and said goodbye. Then he turned around to the table, and said to me, "Is there someone that you've been thinking about, someone that you love, dead or alive?" This caught me totally off guard, and half a dozen names ran through my head. Then I focused on one, my dad. He asked me who the person was, and their name. He smiled, and said he was in a staff meeting earlier, and some letters came into his mind, so he wrote them down. Then he had me pull out a piece of paper from his wallet, and guess what....
it was my Dad's initials.
I love Meraux! I don't know what it is...but his magic totally inspires my art.
It's hard to believe that earlier in the week, I was stressed out, and dreading the upcoming birthday. I had too much to do...and not enough time to do it. I have a last minute show, and I couldn't possibly take time off to celebrate. But, by the time Friday rolled around...there was no stopping it. I had to just go with the flow... and look what happened...
Creating art is much the same process. You can stress and worry over your work,. and it all shows in the end result. But, if you can manage to let go, play, and have fun with your art....the end result will be pure magic.
Thank you for all your love, support, birthday wishes and daily inspiration. You are my magic.
This week, I'm giving away an 8" x 10" giclee print of my new painting, "Raining Flowers". The giclee is embellished with rhinestones just like the original painting. Here's what you need to do to enter:
Leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered. Only one comment per person, please. I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner the following Tuesday evening at 11pm EST. I'll announce the winner of the previous week's giveaway, and we will start the next giveaway. Just enter a comment below...and send lots of positive thoughts and prayers my way. That's all you have to do. And if you want to know more about the giveaway and how it came about...click here. But remember....you need to leave a comment on this post to be entered in the current week's contest. :)
That's it...simple huh?
And here's a new video for you.
So, what do you need to let go of, to allow magic into your life?
PS. If you are...by chance...on my little island this weekend...stop by my show at Blue Door on Saturday 5-8:30pm!Pin It