I have not had a blog post in a couple of months. But things have been busy in my world. What is amazing is that in the last several weeks I have been getting a bit of local Grand Junction attention. I feel like my work is getting out there and people realize that I am in fact an artist. There was a competition for the local St Mary's Hospital where they are trying to furnish the new 11th and 12th floor of the hospital with artwork. A healing environment. As a physician and painter who is passionate at both, I would ADORE for my paintings to hang in the hospital where people are trying to become well, stay well and need a touch of inspiration.
Anyway I submitted several pieces and two got selected for purchase. Unfortunately AND fortunately they had both sold already. I heard back from them yesterday and they agreed to have me submit some other paintings. We will see.. I then was contacted by the Western Colorado Art Center. They saw my work and said they loved it. They asked if I would be interested in submitting a piece for the fine art auction in May and of course i said YES.
I then got an email that Colorado Mesa University here in town has two buildings on campus for which they are wanting art to furnish their walls. They in total have a $180,000 budget and it seems they are looking for large! I love painting large and so it is time to buy some very large blank canvases. This is all so exciting for me. I was feeling a bit frustrated by the "art scene" in Grand Junction. I feel that the momentum is changing and art is becoming is a priority.
Hannah has been visiting. She left today and I feel a hole in my heart but also feel like it is right that she go off and spread her wings some more. She is in Chicago now and she has at least 5 of my paintings in her apartment. She says that she loves them and her friends want my art on their walls now. I love when young people can appreciate art. Art heals. There is no question in my mind.
I still sometimes wonder how did this happen. I was never an artist. What i now know is that we are ALL artists. We all have the hidden or unhidden potential to create beyond our wildest imagination. Think about that.... seriously. We need creative people in this somewhat crazy world that we are living in. Renoir said, " One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity" . I believe that to be true.
I continue to adore my work as a physician. Today I left work feeling amazed by the people that I met and worked with to move them towards better health whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual. I was called to do this work without a doubt. Being a family doctor has been one of the biggest blessings in my life.
I thank each and every one of you for reading my blog, for commenting and sharing my art work and for just being who you are and for being part of my life. I will keep you updated on the above "competitions"