What was your hobby when you were a kid? What did you want to be when you grew up? What is something you are really good at? Your lost art?
When the kids started being gone more and I had to figure out what to do if I weren’t bossing people around and working, I started thinking of all the things I loved to do before I had kids. I loved to dance (reopened my dance company), I loved to write (I am definitely writing more!), and I loved to paint. So, a few years ago I gathered up supplies and started painting again. How different my paintings are now then when I was in high school! Landscapes and still lifes, fashion design and drawings of cats made way for paintings of farms and farm animals, of praying nuns and villages. Looking at a painting, one can see the artist’s soul, their utmost desires and needs, their joys and sadness, their inspirations.
When we moved last March, everything was put up and I haven’t done many paintings of late. How easy it is for us to get lost in our world of working, errands, play, children, spouses, to-do lists and lose the essence of our expression.
My paintings will be shown at the coffee shop in Elizabeth next month. I would love to have some new paintings out to show. One can tell that I am not putting as much energy into painting as I could as I sell roughly one painting a year. I can’t do art shows near our town because everyone only knows me as the herbalist. Last year I did my first art show since school. I kid you not, every single person came up and said, “Where are your tinctures?” “Do you have any Allergy medicine?” “No? How about Stress and Blues?” “Oh, who’s the artist?” I would send everyone to the shop. Doug had a stellar day; I did nothing! Then things got busy and the paints got put up.
People are often intrigued by the paintings of the nuns. Baffled and interested at the same time. I paint nuns because I had every intention of becoming one. After watching Haley Mills in “Trouble with Angels” I decided that is what I wanted to be. I already made my way by myself to mass often. I loved the peace and serenity one could find in prayer and the beauty of the Catholic church simply amplified that. I love helping people and it just all seemed to be a good fit. Apparently being pregnant is frowned upon when becoming a nun, however! And of course I realized my true path in life is as a mother and wife. I cannot imagine anything better. But my desire for peace and tranquility, for serenity and prayer comes through that set of paintings.
The farm animals, the New Mexican paintings all speak of what I really want. I have more paintings in my mind, one of my son Andrew, Maryjane needs to be immortalized in acrylic (though I could never do her justice), a table of brightly colored chilies, a barn, a child praying…..no pastels, only vivid colors.
What hobbies do you hope to start up again?