Absent Toooo Long !

Well, Folks, classes are over. I can now recover my own creative energy and steer some of it toward paper and canvas. Life, has, however, chosen to step into my intended path somewhat and handed me some challenges . . . . .some worth complaining about, some worth cheering about. All have to be handled.

A computer crash was one of the things that happened and has dealt me a death blow right in the center of my photoshop software! Gads ! Not Thaaaaaaat ! Then the loss of some 700 email addresses . . . . ;-(( oi ! One would think that after having had to endure that little piece of grief more than twice, I would know how to maintain that file . . . .but noooooo!

Painting. That is my goal. To return to the brush. But first I must share something which touched me to the core. . . . .
The above painting was sold to a client with whom I have grown deeply fond of. She acquired the painting last summer. This Spring, my birthday came along (as it does every year) and she brought a gift to the house. With all the rush of the day’s work in real estate and other distractions, I wasn’t able to open the gift till later in the evening long after dinner. Not sure of what to expect, I opened it and was rocked by what I saw: A small beautiful “quilt” in the image of the painting above laid in the package . . .staring up at me. The implications of this gift made my heart swell. Apparently, the painting had such impact on her, she felt moved to honor that impact by sending back this beautifully hand made image all in fabric! I doubt I have ever had any painting honored with so much heart from anyone. In a day or two, I will post an image for you to see. (since losing photoshop and much much more it may take a little longer) . . . .thank you, Dear Paula, you have left me speechless!
And so, dear reader, the world is filled with acknowledgement of all kinds. Just this week, my watercolor classes stood for the world to see their work . . . .their very hard work . . .over ten weeks to develop a series of 20 paintings with changed design in each iteration. Each person made new breakthroughs and was thrilled with the results they had accomplished . . .and I was affirmed that 33 painters opened and discovered their own possibilities as painters. They each found something in themself they had not realized exisited. They saw for the first time their own style tendencies and they discovered that in spite of their doubts, they COULD do the extraordinary. And they did!!! It was an honor to lead these people to find something in them selves they had not known before. It was exciting to watch their discovery and the results that they found for trusting themselves and honoring their own intentions at the easel! These classes take energy, but the rewards are beyond description! I hope to have images from some of the painters soon . . .I will share some of them with you.
Meanwhile . . .it’s great to be back! We’ll be seeing more of each other, for sure.

9 thoughts on “Absent Toooo Long !”

  1. Hi Mike,

    It is good to have you back, painting and blogging. From the time I have been following your blog, I KNOW that you impact lives in ways you have no idea of. I am so glad that Paula took the time and effort to let you understand that through her quilt – what a special and amazing gift of appreciation! The 33 students you just spent so many weeks with will never be the same – they are different painters today because of you and the energy and passion you poured into them. And now we get to be influenced by you again…YEAH! In light of all that – computer problems are easy to overcome, right? LOL

  2. JoAnn . . .thanks a lot for the nice words. I am just now beginning to realize SOME of that impact, but I doubt I will ever really know . . . .just as you say. All of us are still reeling from the stuff the Impressionists passed along over 100 years ago! How far do the rings in the pond reach? !!

  3. Back in the saddle again! I thought you dropped off the edge of the earth. On itty bitty question for you Mike…did you not have an external backup harddrive? The latest painting looks great… good composition, dramatic values, cools against warms, and I really like the fore ground flowers. No wonder ya got the quilt!

  4. I’m glad to know that you’ll be back on a regular basis too Mike.
    Hey, I don’t have backup either. I know lots of people who have lost it all, and I would be screwed, but, I don’t have a backup.
    I glad to hear that the class went well. I know how much that can take out of you.
    You’re a good man for passing on some of your knowledge Mike!

  5. Jelaine, Robin and Frank . . .Thanks for coming by . . .I been missing ‘chatting’ with you guys here. More later . . . ..my arm is twitching to paint!

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