Started the final day of 2017 with a beautiful sunrise and some quiet time to think about the year...
...and just like that, I finished the last piece in my #DisneyJLG (revisited) series...and I completed another year of creating a piece of art every single day...my sixth consecutive year of daily artin'.
Here is a peek at each monthly series (below). To view the images larger, check out my Gallery page. Also, please note that I completed TWO daily pieces/series for October...'cause I am 'extra' (my students always say that, but honestly, I don't think its a bad thing!) annnnd...'cause I LOVE Halloween!
What now? Not sure, gonna enjoy ringing in the new year with John and Mackie and I will worry about it tomorrow!
I wondered if I would feel different when I turned 40. Nah, same me. In some ways, based on my life and what I have been through...I kinda stopped 'growing up' way back. I am okay with that- it's what makes me...well, ME. This whole daily art thing has become an extension of that sense of play. Each month I play within the theme that I choose, with my materials, The work is whimsical, colorful, sometimes has a sense of humor...I am having fun.
That's where I am at.
'Oh Rickie, you're so fine
You're so fine you blow my mind, hey Rickie,
(to the tune of 'Hey Mickey'!)
My November 29th 'WONDERul Woman' is a local favorite- none other that Rickie Leiter! Rickie runs a local resource called The Rickie Report and let's just say that it is one of THE go-to sources for the SoFlo art scene. Gosh, I can't remember when it was exactly, a couple of years ago for sure...I met Rickie at an event geared towards artists learning to market their work at Arthouse 429. (that was actually the first time I met Raquel, too!) We really hit it off and we just kind of kept in touch. I would see Rickie at local art events and somehow we became huge cheerleaders for each other. There have been several times that I was surprised by a phone call from Rickie-it always seems like she knows when I need a little motivation. I get off the phone recommitted to what I am doing as an artist and motivated to create. She is so supportive of local art and artists, and we really are so lucky to have someone like her advocating for us.
Thank you, Rickie, for all of the hugs, and emails and phone calls. You make me smile, you make me believe in what I am doing. I can't thank you enough, I really do love you!
And look...Rickie loves me back!
And the 'final' angel in the series is...
And then it REALLY hit me- I would do a giveaway on my FB Art page and give folks a chance to nominate a 'WONDERful Woman' they know. Boy- I am glad I did! It was so awesome to see the comments coming in with names of women that had impacted the lives of others. My intention was to do a drawing and choose 40 folks in honor of my 40th birthday (more on that in another post!) But when I wrote down all of the names I saw that I had exactly 40 participants, and then a few of them had nominated multiple folks- which I had encouraged them to do. So...instead of leaving folks out I will be creating angels for all of the folks nominated- so a total of 59 angels. I'll be working on those and I hope to get them mailed off before Christmas...hopefully I will get some photos of those 'WONDERful' ladies with their angels!
...I couldn't resist honoring another WONDERful Woman-
...that's all the WW art...for now...but I would also like to mention my 'WonderMan' behind the series...my long time friend, Jason Basden
Behold- 'Mr. Jason' in all of his cosplay splendor (yup, he made it!);
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG