Today was a trying day for me. My brother is very ill and in the final stages of cancer and for the past couple of days as I go about my daily doings, my thoughts are mostly with him. For those of you who read the first installment of my memoir and know some of my history, he is the one I call the memory keeper and I hold him sacred in my heart.
And, more mundanely, despite the fact that the whole world and his dog believes we are in the middle of summer, it was cold and it had rained overnight. The wind was howling and roaring over head in wild gusts. I didn’t sleep well and got up at 4 am to finish the latest painting.
Five hours later the last flower was in place, the last leaf embellished and the mantra written.
I’m in love with this painting! There is something quite magical about it and I am excited to share it.
So off I went to the photocopy shop with it. I get my mixed media paintings scanned and prints can then be made for my Etsy Shop. But today I was told “No!”
Whaddaya mean “No!” ??
Turns out that I have missed a vital piece of information and my painting is too big and too inflexible to be put through any of the copy machines. If it is bigger than an A3, it has to be on paper to go through the flat bed scanner…. Don’t ask, I don’t know why, or how they work. That appears to be the truth of the matter – I got the same answer in two different places so that is that.
No cards, no prints, no post-cards, no options, just the original.
Battling the cold howling wind and with no sleep to sustain me, I got a little tetchy with the world!
I came home and took some photographs, I propped her up in the corner and there she sits dancing happily urging me to ‘Choose Joy’.
Bah, Humbug! I said to her in my best Ebeneezer Scrooge voice.
I opened my email and ran my eye down the list, there was a post from the lovely Alys over at Gardening Nirvana.
I thought, that will be a nice wee visit to help cheer me up, and opened the link. Imagine my surprise to see one of my paintings looking back at me – and then I read her words ….. You can follow the link to see what I read.
All my grouchiness vanished in the twinkling of an eye. Wouldn’t yours? Who would elect to remain grouchy when it is so much more pleasant to feel that actually everything is just fine – it will all work out one way or another – it always does!
Thank you Alys for that beautiful testimonial – in one of those wonderful serendipitous moments that we both love so much, you turned the sun in my direction at the very time I needed it most . That does indeed make you a true friend!
So here is the latest whimsy girl. She is mixed media on a rigid canvas board measuring 35 x 46 cm. You can double click for an enlarged view.
And here she is again propped up in corner of the bookshelf
The wind has died down the sky is clearing and we just might get our fifth fine day for January tomorrow 🙂
There are more options, tomorrow I shall call some printing places and see if they can help me out – there will be a solution!
Thanks for coming by today, you know that I love that you did! 🙂