The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Moving Forward - SOLD

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"Moving Forward"
Oil study, 6" x 6" on canvas panel.
Sold.

There are moments in our lives when we will always remember where we were when the news hit ... whether it was a national event or something far more personal. It was just barely two weeks ago when I was sitting at my desk and the phone rang with the shocking news about my mother-in-law. At the time I never imagined the end result would be her untimely death but life has its way of presenting us with twists and turns. It's been a very emotional two weeks and definitely the time to spend with family. I have been away from my studio, away from painting (and posting on my blog and facebook) but grateful for the kind and comforting messages from so many of you. We hosted a beautiful memorial service here at our home yesterday. It was tearful but a wonderful celebration of a wonderful woman, wife, friend and grandma.

So, as the saying goes "life goes on". And this morning I knew it was time to start painting again. It felt good to head up to my studio and squirt out lots of new paint on my palette and get back in to my "routine" of painting. I had indicated to Dreama that I would "probably paint a boat painting" when I returned to my studio today. But a funny thing happened when I got ready to paint. I had an incredibly strong feeling of contentment and a very strong desire to paint something different. I felt I needed to do something different. I just felt different. So I changed everything ... my approach, how I start a painting, my perspective, everything ...  and I just painted. I felt more at peace painting today than I have in months.  And I am happy to be back doing what I love so much.

I should also mention this week is the one year anniversary of the "Artists Helping Artists" blogtalk radio show. So ... if you like to win free stuff ... such as original oil paintings, a workshop with Dreama and me, a free marketing consultation ... then you might want to call in live to this Thursday's show at 9:00 am PST, 12 noon EST. Because we will be awarding our live callers with lots of really cool stuff! So don't miss the show. We promise it will be a good one as we move on forward as well ...

16 comments:

Kathy Cousart said...

Most beautiful painting and post you have ever done- truly moving. That is all there is to say- Hugs to you.

Denise Rose said...

I have been thinking of you and your family ever since I heard about your Mother-in-law. Glad you had that much needed time with your family.

Julie Hill said...

Leslie...today your words are lovely, today your painting is lovely, and may tomorrow your memories of Jo always create lovely spaces in your heart.

Dana Cooper said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Leslie, your painting is a beautiful tribute.

Bev Koldon said...

So sorry for your loss, Leslie. My condolenses to you and your family. These times are never easy, but for some strange reason, they make us stronger. Your painting is wonderful and your post even better than wonderful.

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Sorry for your family's loss, Leslie. You have written a beautiful tribute and the painting is so lovely!

Martha Kisling said...

So sorry for your family's loss Leslie. Your painting and words were very beautiful and a comfort to me as we get ready to head to Texas where my dad is battling health issues also. Art has definitely always brought healing in my life as well - take care.

cissy said...

Leslie, I was so sorry to read of your loss. What a lovely tribute and painting. My thoughts are with you.

Suzanne Roberts said...

Leslie, I am sorry for your loss. Your painting is a beautiful tribute to a woman that was cherished. Your painting has such emotion and feelings painted into it that it jumps off the page. Beautiful!

TheChieftess said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Leslie...do give David our condolences...

Your painting is lovely...very symbolic...

Jane Hunt said...

I'm so sorry Leslie - my thoughts are with you all. I'm glad you are finding some comfort in painting. There is lovely symbolism in this piece...

Dreama said...

Leslie--your heart is showing in the painting...loved your words, loved your painting. Now it's going to spread some goodness in it's new home. Congrats on the sale and glad to have you back.

Marian Fortunati said...

Thank you for sharing, Leslie. My thoughts have been with you and now with your family.
Memories of wonderful times will always be with you.

Roxanne Steed said...

OH Leslie, I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. What a beautiful painting & tribute to her!

Jerry Stocks said...

Lovely tribute and a beautiful painting. You have been missed.

Karen F. Rose said...

Leslie this painting has special meaning for me with the recent passing of my father and for you ...your mother in law. Thank you for sharing your beautiful painting and your thoughts

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