I have owned a gallery, providing an opportunity for local artists to display and sell their artistic creations. I have participated in competitions, sold paintings, taught art and craft classes. My art has been displayed in many galleries and museums, and my art is owned by private and corporate collectors. Now I have pulled back from the requirements of others and found that sketching plein air, walking with my dog and journaling what I see daily is what makes me very, very happy. I am reminded of a story of a new school teacher who was brought in by a secluded community to teach their children. The teacher found that the children never ran or jumped or ever let their feet leave the ground. She found that the adults had trained the children never to lift their feet from the ground because, as the story progresses, the towns people could fly, and if others knew their secret, the towns people would be judged and persecuted. The quote from Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”, has become my motto for the last part of my life.
Through my blog, I found a group of like-minded artists who have brought a joy to my life that I didn't know was possible. A little over a year ago, I found this wonderful group of artists, headed by Katherine Tyrrell, called Sketchercise. With the support of this group of exercising artists, I have continued to exercise, lose weight and sketch daily. The postcard exchange will be a great opportunity to see, firsthand, what each of our art really looks like in real life.