Recently, I did a 5-day artist challenge on social media, a photo a day of my artistic highlights over the years. These 5 days proved to be an exercise in gratitude. As I reminisced, I realized just how far I have come--thanks to the help of family, other artists, and friends. These snapshots of moments in time were each the culmination of responses to challenge. By the end of these 5 days, I realized just how much I enjoy the challenge of the art process, and how many opportunities and adventures art-gigs have given me, my family, and friends.
Also, at the end of this artist-photo-challenge-thing, I realized how little time I took to celebrate big and small victories. At the pinnacle of an achievement, I tend to downplay it, and immediately push myself to the next goal. Do I feel like I don't deserve joy and satisfaction? That seems ridiculous. I like to have goals, and it is okay to stay humble, but girl, take a breather and enjoy the view every once and awhile!
Here are the 5 days of posts:
|DAY 1: 2004, Normandale Community College, the exhibit "Fruit & Labor"|
Our young family, Dan's log-work with my sewing pattern & wax layered pear forms
|DAY 2: 2007, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC, right before my exhibit "AMBIOTIC"|
came down. Photo was taken by one of my parents who came to NYC with me.
|DAY 3: 2014, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, artist talk for "Reassurances"|
LouAnn's words and my art have traveled the country, and given me many great challenges and fun times!
|DAY 4: July 2017 in Grand Marais, MN, my happy art place where I get stuff done!|
|DAY 5: August, 2019 at Studio 176 in Park Rapids, Mn. In August we opened up a small gallery. I’m grateful to show my work closer to home and share the gallery experience with artists I respect!|