We have four grandchildren, the oldest being 18, then 16, 5 and 3. We also have two beautiful young girls who are our almost-granddaughters, our son's fiance's girls. Each of our kids is a different source of unlikely inspiration for me as an artist.
Emma, the youngest, is so independent, "I'm strong....I'm brave....I can do it myself!" She is an inspiration for me in being extremely independent. Those little declarations she makes feed my own independent spirit.
Our oldest, Taylor, has taught me to overcome your fears and bloom. Keegan, our grandson, is an old soul and has taught me to follow my inner wisdom. The five year old, Opal, teaches me the world needs more entertainment. She's a natural-born performer and gets it from me, I think. I'm also a show-off! (Just ask my studio mate, JunieB.) My new "loves" - Madison, is all about supporting her "sisters" of the world, and Riley, is teaching me to live life on life's terms. Riley has had Juvenile Diabetes since she was 10 months old and is a champ.
I keep these inspirations written on the inside cover of my "handy-dandy" notebook that I carry in my purse. (If you watch the Nick, Jr TV channel at all you'll get the connection to Blues Clues and the notebook.)
|"Cuties and Cranberries"|
6 x 8" Pastel on Paper
On exhibit in June
Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Exhibit
Got Art on Third, Lee's Summit, MO
Today's Nitty-Gritty Nugget:
Where do you get your unlikely source of inspiration to be who you are?
1. Make a list of the people in your life who inpire you. Make notes about what they are teaching you.
2. Post your final "unlikely inspiration" notes somewhere that you will see them everyday.
3. When times get tough, read your notes and think of examples where this person has demonstrated those little bits of inspiration. This week there was a FB picture of Madison selling lemonade to raise money for a cure for Juvenile Diabetes to help her sister. Amazing.....
Speaking of FaceBook, don't forget "What Are You Really Selling?" also has a FB page. You'll find lots more inspiration there.