I also unpacked a box and in it were framed pieces; favorite pictures of family, and parts of my art collection. I found prints by Susan Seavitt, & Judith Shaw, an old postcard from a friend with an image of a romantic couple, a photo of a pair of loving tigers, photos of my daughter making faces, my younger son at his prom looking so similar to my dad at his prom, a photo of my husband and I looking lovingly at each other with our old Colorado view behind us, and a family photo from our trip to Hearst Castle many years ago. All images that are dear to me, most I've had a long time, and that make my surroundings feel comfortable.
The familiar photos are now near my place of rest, and the artwork is set up where I spend my mornings; meditating on God's word, contemplating the mysteries and wonders of life, and writing morning pages. This week I've gained a greater understanding of my own need for art, and an acceptance for myself as not only an artist but equally an art collector, art observer, art advocate, and artist encourager.
Since my last blog, I attended the Burbank Arts Festival, took photos and researched for Art Around Burbank, and gathered with the members of the Burbank Art Association at our monthly meeting. My sense of belonging was intensified through each! I've felt welcomed, accepted, comfortable and understood. I am so thankful.
Lastly, included in the box was a marker drawing I created in the 80's that I love. I think it looks like a dancer, my husband thinks it looks like a fish head! While I gazed dreamily at the framed drawing, the artistic value of my marker doodles was confirmed for me. I had truly needed to remember and understand how important drawing is to me and to my complete body of work. What wonderful validation!
Below are a few drawings from this week.