Hello, Hello! …it’s been a while since my last post. Lots going on here, my dad had back surgery on April 11 and then I had two back to back weekend art shows. And in between all of this my father has been sick. Mysteriously sick. Fever, chills, sweats, weakness, faint, and at one point being hospitalized for a few days. I have been hearing of several people who are mysteriously sick these days. What is going on??? They never found out what was wrong with my father. Test after test after test. It was pretty scary at one point. They had to use a cooling blanket to get his temp down from 103. On Sunday, Deacon Joe brought him Communion and Fr. Jack gave him sacrament of the sick. It was beautiful and both times there was someone in the room observing – they wouldn’t leave. It was like they had to see what we were doing…One was a doctor who said “We don’t get much religion in here. That was nice.” The other was an aid who was changing the bed very quietly as dad was being prayed over and anointed. She did not say a word.
He had 3 rounds of strong antibiotics, got bad on Friday night and then he started to get better. Everything was doubly distressing because we were at “THAT HOSPITAL.” That hospital where my mom was. I really do not like that place. Way too much history there. There are only two good things I can say about that hospital…#1 They have a great gift shop and #2 their chicken salad sandwich is AWESOME! Dad is home now. Thank you Lord! And hopefully will be regaining his strength and getting back to his normal self. I am sick of that pit in my stomach feeling that I always had with my mom. Go away already!
My two art shows went very well. I just love doing them!!! Even though they are very stressful before hand with preparations and set up, I truly get pure joy from being a part of these festivals. I enjoy talking to the people that come into my booth, telling my story, seeing their eyes light up when they connect with one of my pieces or with the words. People just stand there and read the words. Some tear up, some smile. Some no reaction….but I know they are touched in some way. One of the best things about the whole experience is hearing their stories. One amazing woman stopped by Suwanee Art in the Park and bought my very first creation in print. She told me her story. She’s sick. They don’t know what is wrong with her. She’s disabled. Her body is failing her. She reminded me of my mom. She bought my “PEACE” print so she could look at it to calm her and take her fear away. I cried. I don’t think I will ever get used to people buying my artwork, giving them as gifts and displaying my creations in their homes. This is such a surreal time in my life. I am so humbled.
I have donated a giclee of my “I love you to the moon and back” piece. Its to help the people in Moore, OK after this horrific tornado. Check out the auction…lots of amazing stuff from some very talented artists! So proud to be a part of it! Hurry! Auction over Friday! https://www.facebook.com/hopeforok
I have also finished my very first piece with a “face” on it! A very simple face, but a face none the less. I am pretty proud of her! I stepped way out of my box for this one. I think she looks very peaceful. I call her “Our Lady of Everyone.” She’s going to live at “Dynamic Catholic”, Matthew Kelly’s organization! What a privilege and blessing to do a piece for Matthew. He was the high bidder on my “I Love You To The Moon and Back” piece and instead of me giving money to his charity, he asked me to create a painting of Our Lady to hang at his Dynamic Catholic offices. Pinch ME!!!