” Art is the sustenance that feeds the soul through the winds of change.”
Life and art are all about change. Sometimes you go with the flow. Sometimes the flow knocks you in the head and threatens to draw you under. Other times you drift along with the breeze. Whatever way it comes, you can be sure life will change one way or another. And when it does, art changes with it.
This has been a year of big change for me. Some sweet, some bittersweet, some downright sad. And with it, my art has changed too. It would seem that a year of turbulence would reflect the same in the art. That is not what happened for me. As life went up and down, my art became more about peaceful beauty, nature and growing things. The more stress and darkness happened, the more lightness and harmony showed up in my work.
This time last year was rocking along nicely with a new home, notification of a soon to be published article, a group of artists coming together to form a new nonprofit, and finding a wonderful little church of artists. It seemed that life was sweet. Then the painful hit. Both of my parents passed away within a week of eachother. Along with their passing came the inevitable dirty family laundry. Life is so much simpler when I can ignore family drama. Ignoring was not an option this year.
As the roller coaster of change steamed along so did art. Art is the sustenance that feeds the soul through the winds of change. So it was with me. My art became about the places I found emotional release. The garden was one. My dear friend, Charleen Herrick, gave me the seeds for a butterfly/hummingbird/songbird garden. In the garden, I found peace and so did my art.