Humor me...and let's backtrack just a bit. I want to take a minute to document some happenings and if I don't do it I will go just a little crazy so...here we go.
On Thursday, May 2nd I cut eleven inches of hair off and it feels great! The hair will go to Locks of Love and I am writing on the donation form, 'Tribute to Marisa'. Who is Marisa? One f my JV cheerleaders from this past year, she is such a warrior and I wanted to honor her battles with alopecia, especially in recent months. This girl is beautiful and strong inside and out and I know that many young girls out there with the same struggle might not be able to be as strong as Marisa...made me think of young cancer patients as well...anyone that deals with issues related to hair. I wonder if I could be as strong? I don't know, I honestly don't...but I do know that I can cut off some of my hair to help someone else- so I did.
So then...there was our Disney trip. One perk to judging events at Disney is park tickets! Hooray! John and I made the trip to Orlando on Friday, I made my daily piece in the car...wore my mouse ears all day Saturday at Hollywood Studios and Epcot until my head started to itch...rode the Tower of Terror and screamed the while way (ummm...I may have cried, too- don't judge me!)...and I also felt inspired by the whole 'May the Fourth Be With You/Star Wars Day' festivities (I mean...I did see chewbacca!)...so I came home Saturday night and created my own version of Princess Leia, with roses for her iconic side bun hairstyle.
And let me just put this out there- I converted to the whole Disney madness. I am now a Disney girl. It happened on Saturday in Hollywood Studios. John and I went through the exhibit and sat through the film for Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. Sitting through the film and learning more about Walt Disney as an artist, a dreamer and an entrepreneur...I became a teary-eyed fan, for life. We want to make a trip to at least one of the Disney Parks every year...I better upgrade my mouse ears.
And a recent development (as in TODAY)..my work was included in a new on-line publication (THANK YOU Anastasia!) If you have a moment, please check it out. My article is about how I make art in reaction to events...and then send it off as a part of the healing process. I have written about this in different blog posts, but this sums it up.
One thing to note in regards to the title, 'Art for a Cause...Not Just Because'...I do create artwork just because. In fact, I do that all the time...just because...I have to create. I am a believer in art for art's sake. However, what this article speaks to is creating art specifically as an artistic response to tragedy and then how that art can has the potential to help others heal.
And that is about it. I am sure I am forgetting some things...again, blaming it on Instagram (@artinw_damuse) ...I have more pictures posted from the past two weeks on IG but these are just a few things I wanted to write about a little more.
I do have a post that I want to write about this month's theme (flowers), but that isn't happening tonight. I have a piece of art to make, and I need to get some sleep, I have a big day tomorrow! Goodnight!
Artist and Art Teacher