Today I’m getting inspiration from you!
Recently I asked for your favorite coloring page ideas, and now, with the random winner, Kristi Jo Knoll, picked I am drawing an Ottawa beach theme, traveling into uncharted waters. Photographs are always a good reference for me.
So, staying true to my style, I am diving in and not pre-sketching. This approach often sets me up for redoing a project, but then my second go-round is a piece I truly like.
Over the years, I’ve concluded that this leaping-before-looking approach is part of my impulsive nature. Nothing reminds me more of this spontaneous trait than recently when I’ve been reminiscing about how I left nursing and became an artist in my blog series – An Artsy Journey.
As I evolved as an artist, I sometimes felt I was swimming without a life jacket. I'm sure you've felt that way once in a while, too!
But now, looking back at those earlier years, I realized I simply paddled forward through the challenges, one stroke at a time.
I don’t know anyone whose life has gone exactly like they had planned; yet somehow we’ve learned to press on. Life may not let us float on a raft with an umbrella drink in our hands … but we can putter along ... or like me, jump in with both feet.
Now, as I create this new coloring page, impulsively moving my black marker across this crisp white paper, I thank you for supporting my artistic spirit these past thirty years, giving me new challenges, and letting me thrive.