"Time to make the donuts!"
As my dad would say. That is exactly what I've been up to for the last few weeks. More than ever, I know how Fred the baker must have felt.
Not with making donuts...
but rather, taking on a new job opportunity and cranking on my dog sculpture for the benefit this Spring! What a whirlwind it has been so far.
I would say the feeling is somewhere between sliding down a 40 foot body slide and
flying at rocket speed miles above the ground. Yep, that's the feeling...it's amazing.
I give God all the glory for every opportunity that has sprung up suddenly this year, and for all the wonderful people I have been privileged to meet and work with. Somehow, I just know this is only the beginning.
I can't reveal any progress photos of the dog that I'm painting for the Southeaster Guide Dog benefit just yet (shhhhh)...but what I can tell you is that the theme is whimsical and has a good story behind it. And I am so excited to share that I have been working with ABC 7 News as my sponsor! With mile stone events "sprinkled" throughout the year, this benefit is going to bring in a lot of positive attention for a very good cause.
What are your goals and dreams for this year? Imagine it happening and close your eyes...and then speak life to it. Make it happen! You've got this.
"All Things Possible"
This week as I narrow in on some design ideas for a new project, I think back to the largest collaborative piece I've ever done with my mom. Titled "All Things Possible". One of the things that I love about this painting is that every viewer comes up with their own narrative when they see it!
I am definitely guilty of over planning composition/content ideas in my mind. So something new that I've started to fight back against stalling and conquer the fear is keeping an extra canvas on the side to work out my ideas. It forces me to "just do it" to see what happens. (Nike gets it!)
The past pieces help prepare me for the new ones! It's good to reference them, but not to linger there too long. For all of the unseen struggles that came with such a large scale painting, something greater than I imagined came out of it. Remembering that keeps me moving forward and prevents me from getting stuck!
Be encouraged this week in whatever you do, knowing that our best moments lie ahead of us!
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson