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The simple things I’m thankful for…

My Backyard Sanctuary
My Backyard Sanctuary

So many things to complain about lately. The weather, not enough money, the ex-husband … you know this story as well as I do. We all do it. Every one of us gets wrapped up in the minor speed bumps in life however, if we are not careful, we could be consumed by it. I have found that not only me but some very close family and friends are being consumed at this very moment. It’s important for everyone in New England to realize that before we know it, new growth will be rearing it’s head from the cold dead ground. All we need is a tiny bit more patience … hold on for a little bit longer because one morning in the very near future we are going to wake up to singing birds and blooming flowers. We are so close to shaking off the winter blues and for just that alone… I am truly thankful. Hang in there everyone and I will wink and nod as I pass by you on the street when we get out to walk and wake from our sloppy slumber we call hibernation.

Blessed Be

Erin

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Latest Project…

Alice In Wonderland project illustration ... Page 85 www.150alice.com
Alice In Wonderland project illustration … Page 85 http://www.150alice.com

I had an amazing time creating this piece for the Alice in Wonderland project. It is for a coffee table book that will be printed in Norway.

The project is described by the creators as this…

 

150Alice is a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  We have brought together 150 brilliant illustrators from around the world that have each created a single page for this 300-page book.

The project promotes the illustrators’ art in a unique way and gives them an opportunity to create a masterpiece together. It provides them a platform to give back to the community by expressing themselves and sharing their talent with the world.

Lewis Carroll created Wonderland, and the story surrounding it, out of his love of entertaining children. His story gained great success and 150 years later is still enjoyed by children all over the world.

We are here to drive forward Lewis Carroll’s idea of encouraging art and creativity among children. At 150Alice, all profits from this book will be donated to educating children in China and Mongolia about art and creativity. With your generous support, we can help a generation of children develop a more vivid imagination.

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I would like to thank both Sig and Thomas for letting me work on such an important project.

Please visit and support this project at http://www.150alice.com

Thanks so much!

Erin

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Sitting Idle and Reflecting

Sitting idle frustrates me. I have been sitting idle for two years now because of my disabling spinal condition
and now it has traveled to my RIGHT arm … my drawing arm, uggghhh. VERY tough just to complete one painting or to even type for any decent length of time. I am actually looking into a voice recognition program to help me with the writing end. My intention here is not to complain because well, that’s just unattractive.

What I want to say is that I had a great revelation today. While watching my adorable kids and their friends selling lemonade, I found i was getting extremely frustrated having to once again sit idle when I could be working on my craft. However, it being 90 degrees, I certainly wasn’t taking my laptop outside to work so I just sat on the stairs and pouted to myself. Pathetic I know…. but it gave me time to reflect on the past week and how my artistic outlook has been boosted. I reflected back to having my oil changed in my car at Valvoline where  the attendants come right up to your car while you sit in it. They were awed by the artwork I had on my front seat and asked where did I buy it. Of course that is enough to make any artist proud but then they proceeded to look at my three childrens’ books that I keep in my car at al times. They told me my work was unbelievable. They lifted my spirits so high that day and that is not the only kudos I received last week. I met with RISCA (Rhode Island State Council of the Arts) and they too were amazed at the work I have accomplished. They even went as far as to say I don’t give myself enough credit. (and really what artist does?) Anyway, I got to reflect on this while sitting on the steps watching the kids at the lemonade stand. Reflection is so important and I just don’t do enough of it.

As I was pondering all of this I received a text from my x-mother in law. She had sent me a photo of my x-brother in laws newborn baby… just minutes old. It was then that I realized I have created more than books and art … but the wonderful children in front of me that were out there selling lemonade. It dawned on me that  I was not through creating them. I still have a few years before It is time to send them out into the world as I do with my finished books and paintings. I couldn’t help but smile when I realized I was working on what was now a 12 year old art project that is still not done!

Of course I had to grab my sketchbook and draw them at the lemonade stand and yes, I am happy to say that not only was that beautiful baby born today but a new picture book as well. I did rough sketches of my girls enjoying their summer and a story naturally followed in my head.

I will try to remember that sitting idle is a HUGE part of the process of creation, I just need to be patient enough sometimes to remember to do it.

Erin