Anyway for the last two weeks it been a bit of a circus juggling life in Colorado although Keenan who is in the HVAC tech certification program and his girlfriend Jill have been helping me to hold things together. And they actually have been quite helpful. There has been very little time to paint since I went back to Maine but i know my time is coming. Tomorrow I leave for Asheville , NC to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday with my 3 sisters coming in from all over this country. My flight leaves in 8 hours and I am writing a blog. That is a little insane I know. Ok, but something really amazing happened today. I have to share.
Do you remember the fundraising I did about 6 months ago for the family here in GJ that was dealing with extraordinary circumstances? Well my friend Nancy decided she wanted the painting and instead of buying a raffle ticket bought the painting for $1000. Anyway we raised somewhere over $4000 for this family and donated anonymously to them. So, I shipped the painting to Nancy.
Her friend, Sophie then said she wanted a print of the same size and bought it. Both were shipped.
This morning as I was leaving for work, I noticed a large package in my office. It had been shipped back and was from Nancy. The address was all scratched out. I was confused. . I was actually dumbfounded.. .
Last month I saw Sophie and Nancy in Woolwich Maine. Sophie and Kelley provided me a place to call home, to call comfort but also a place to eat and drink and talk and to connect kind of deeply. I was so fortunate to be hosted by Sophie and her husband Kelley Baker ( of all names, right ?) .
Tonight when I got home I opened the box to find the original amazing painting. but more importantly this message.. I am speechless...
I am returning the original of Be Brave, Be Bold to you... Your very first painting while going through a difficult personal journey is like a piece of your soul. It belongs to you.
Sophie and I arranged for her to purchase the print so that you would not know of my intention to return the original. The print will have a very special place in my home as soon as my major renovations are complete.
There is something about this painting , and your desire to use it as a tool to help others, that holds such a special meaning to
me. I often think of the words "Be Brave Be Bold" as my recent path in life has come up against several obstacles that can weigh me down and make me weary. I have felt inspiration, comfort, and a restored sense of energy as I process the meaning...... it is not what we are given to bear that defines who we are as human beings, it is the spirit that shines through the most difficult times.
Your heart, your soul, and your journey are an inspiration. i am grateful and honored to know you.
Love and hugs , Nancy
Again I am speechless, now one of my very first original paintings sits again on my wall. I know it means alot. It is a powerful thing and i am humbly reminded.
It reminds me that my art does heal. and it is a reciprocal process.
otherwise I am entirely speechless.....and grateful