Wednesday, September 17, 2008
"Girls just want to have fun", Cindy Lauper so elequently said once in a song I grew up listening to. That was basically what I wanted to accomplish in this set of paintings, just have some fun. Let loose a little bit and get back to the child inside. So, how does a grown up adult woman of 42 do that? Well, I chose to partner up so to speak, with my neighbor, Hannah, across the street who is 11 and use her drawings as springboards for my work. She provided me with about 10 drawings of girls of various shapes and sizes to which I then created this series of paintings. Each painting has some reference of flight in it so the name Flygirl series seemed fun and appropriate. Hannah was my inspiration and I thank her for sharing her drawings with me. You can see the whole Flygirl Series on my website HERE.
Some of my friends and family have said I am grounded and have a very positive attitude about life. I think this series speaks to that belief about myself. I believe you always have a choice of what your attitude or focus is going to be, each moment of everyday. One of the ways I help myself focus on seeing the abundance and gratitude in my life is by using affirmations from time to time. When my thoughts turn to feeling sad or frustrated or depressed there is nothing like a quick sentence or word that turns my energy around and puts me in a better place. This set of paintings represent the bigger lessons that I had about my own life and how I really want to live it. If you read the words on this set of paintings you will see what's important to me and how I choose to live my life. In my car right now you would see notes on my dashboard of my daily affirmations that help me stay in the flow of good energy. BELIEVE!
I just wanted to quickly update the status of the Endagered Species Series (see posts below.) The Wolf and the Jaguar are now sold too but you can still pick up the original Ocelot, Eagle, Polar Bear or Turtle on re-purposed corrugated metal, and of course order prints of any of them from my website.