Hello dear readers! I'm excited to share my first two commissions to be painting beginning to end in my new studio space. I have two more pieces to share at the end of the week that will be available for sale, so stay tuned! The first piece below was created for a Texas native who was celebrating her birthday. She has a deep love of her state flower, the Texas Bluebonnet. The second piece was created for a bride and groom who were combining households and wanted a piece of art to tie it all together. They wanted something calm and introspective - an abstract landscape in a dark blue and mushroom hued palette.
5 years ago, I created a painting of my son. It was a painting just for me - an image to remind me that no matter what medical challenges my son would face, no matter what I was called to do as his mother, that I - in the face of this huge duty - would also remember to keep making art.
And it worked. This visual mantra worked so well that I ended up making a career of it. And for a while, I stopped working on the painting because other things took its place. So it was important to me, that the first piece I attend to in my new studio space was this one. Today, I'll varnish it and hang it in my space!
After a week of horrific violence in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and Dallas, many of us are asking "What can I do?" I too have the same question. The white community in particular is asking "What can I do?" Tracy Brown is an educator, activist and author who I have had the supreme pleasure to cross paths with a few times. Her book "Mine to Do" is beautifully written, actionable and available HERE. She also has a very active and affirming Facebook page HERE. I've posted Tracy's TEDx talk below.
This past week, my husband and I realized that what was OURS to do was to ignite a discussion with other white people about white privilege and the nightmare of white supremacy. I know that seems very heavy and overwhelming (and it is), but we're starting where we're at, with what we have. We started with a video on Facebook. If you're interested, take a look HERE!