2018 was the year that if anything in my personal life could go wrong…it did.
I had my first tooth pulled in January. One sister began chemotherapy in January. A month later, a second sister started chemotherapy. My best friend became gravely ill. One of my daughters faced a serious issue that took months to resolve. We experienced a summer of smoke and encroaching forest fires in the surrounding mountains where I live. I took a short trip and ended up in a hospital away from home with a kidney stone. My ex-husband had a major stroke. My sister and best friend died in December. There was more but you get the gist, right?
I painted this piece in my journal as this torrent of challenges was only starting. Already, I was feeling lost at sea. Without a paddle.
Seeing this painting, one of my daughters thought I should call it The Bell Peppers…as their clothing is the color of bell peppers.
I appreciate when my art gives me an outlet for feelings. Sometimes I’m overwrought and life is just too much for me to even consider putting brush or pen to page. Most of the time, it’s the best elixir for the despair or trauma or whatever is at hand that seems too big to handle.
These days we feel things coming at us right and left. Top it off with a pandemic! Yet, there has always been an undercurrent of unrest with social injustices, political and corporate greed, economic inequities, media manipulation, repercussions of climate change. The list goes on. What’s been undercover is now on the surface. I’m told that this is good because now we know what we’re dealing with. Now, we can begin to address these inequities and other imperative issues.
What is your way of dealing with “TOO MUCH?”