Show season is upon us.
We have our first official summer show this weekend.
I feel like I am living in an episode of "Groundhog Day".
Get up - go to the day job - come home - eat a little dinner - change into the paint clothes - paint until I can't concentrate anymore - walk the dog - go to bed - wake up - repeat.
Now I must add this disclaimer -
although this is a busy (and rather hard) schedule to keep up for any length of time,
I am NOT complaining.
On the contrary.
It is a joy and a blessing to be living out my passion on a daily basis.
In fact - even if I didn't have shows or orders, I would probably maintain the same schedule.
Many years ago, I changed my life and chose to stay home full time.
It was a great opportunity.
But it brought a long with a horrible depression.
One like I had never experienced before.
I wanted to be anywhere doing anything other than what I was doing.
I found no joy.
I didn't laugh.
I only felt overwhelmed.
Until I started creating art.
My art at first was pretty bad.
But it gave me a purpose.
I've told this story before - and I am not going to belabor it here and now -
but with the major life changes I am going through right,
it would be very easy to slip back into the place of depression.
Instead I find myself up to my elbows in color.
And thank goodness for the color. And the mess. And the busy-ness.
So for the next week or so -
I will keep living in my own "Groundhog Day" movie.
But come this weekend - I will feel some of the reward as I get to meet and talk to people at our art festivals.
And don't forget - if you are in the area -
stop by and say HI!