It's a long weekend and I took Friday off too!! Can you imagine all the things I get to do with time off - yummy.
Last month was a great month with all the giveaways. I got to hear a lot from all of you and I was so happy to see all your kind words.. I don't know if you all had a chance to look at all the wonderful comments that people left on the last Friday's post. It was heartwarming to hear your comments and for some of you even your stories that you sent me via email.
One of my favorite things to hear is that I made a difference in your creative life. That something I did inspired you enough to pick up a paintbrush or marker again after many years of not doing so. Or that you never quite found your "thing" but now that you took some of my online classes you found your thing. These are wonderful gifts to me to hear this.
Which brings me to this. For about a year I have been trying to come up with an "Artists Statement". An artist statement is equivalent I suppose to a companies mission statement, it's purpose, it raison d'etre (reason to be!) if you will. I have struggled with this because there were always so many things I wanted to say and yet an Artist's statement should be brief and to the point. And why is this important you say - well it's important because it makes you, as an artist, clearer on what you want to do , what you want to accomplish with your art and what will define your successess to you so that you will know when you get there.
So finally I have found my artist statement. And after reading all your comments on this post and knowing the way I felt after reading them - it confirmed the intensity and "true"-ness of my artist statement to me.
I have to say right off that I did not write this. This artist statement is directly from a book I purchased recently by Lisa Sonora Beam. The fact that I did not write it does not make it any less mine, by the way. Lisa just helped me find the actual words that were in my heart. And by the way - lest you think there may be copyright issues here - I did write to Lisa and told her I was "stealing" this statement with pride. So here I give her total credit. And the artists statement is this:
To be a thriving artist doing meaningful work that makes a difference and through this empower others to do the same.
So to celebrate this I leave you here with a free download wallpaper background. In fact I have this one on my laptop right now. It's a breath of fresh air and it's actually just a great shot of one of my kits.