Here we are in December already which means that 2009 is almost over. The older you get, the faster the years go by. I had a milestone birthday this year which, when I was young, meant you were old. But now that I am there, it doesn’t seem so old. As always, it depends upon which side of the fence you are standing.
At any rate, for some unknown reason, it seems that the older I get the more creative my brain becomes. This could be because the older you get the more you forget. Your brain has more room for all those creative juices to flow. It could also be because you become more selective in what you to do. You push aside all those little consequen-tial things that are apt to clog your mind. So, here I am at 65, full of all sorts of ideas of things that I want to create. I still have a time problem because of working at the gallery. However, this year, business has been so slow that I have had plenty of time to paint.
Since August, I have been working with a committee to create the decor for a big fundraiser for our symphony. I have helped come up with some very interesting decorations to make the facility look like a 1930’s Miami supper club. I have spent many hours all fall painting my life size figures, etc. I will post pictures after our event on Feb. 6th.
One of the other things that I have been working on is a design for a mural on a wall in the youth bereavement room at our local hospice facility. We are going to have hot air balloons flying in the sky. I thought that this was significant in that it conveys the idea of rising up and going away as do our departed ones but that it is also celebratory with all the primary colors.
We also will have some three dimensional balloons hanging from the ceiling as well as a balloon that was sturdy enough for the children to pick up and carry around the room. They would be able to take some dollhouse size people to take in and out of the balloon also. The coordinator of the project has gotten a local 3 dimensional artist to do this.
There will also be a tree in another corner which will have greenery hanging from the ceiling to make it seem like a canopy of foliage. This will hang over a bookcase. This project will be a joint effort by some of the auxiliary volunteers and will start in January. I will also post pictures of this when it is completed. I am very excited about this project.
We also got a new Epson 4800 printer a month or so ago which we have printed out only a few things but we are excited about this. We can print from a roll that is 17″ wide so that we can print larger prints of my paintings and my photos which I have altered in the computer. This is really great. We hope to be able to make this a profitable venture by printing for other artists as well.
For now, that is what I have been doing this fall. I will work on getting photos of all the things that I have been talking about. Christmas will soon be upon us. I hope that everyone has a blessed Christmas and a happy new year filled with many blessings.