Month: May 2015

Mother’s Day: Legacies and Milestones

I was out purchasing art supplies a few weeks ago and when I cashed out the young girl handed me a flyer and said, “We are having a Mother’s Day Art Show. Here’s how you can enter.”  I took the flyer but didn’t think much of it.  I still consider myself to be a newbie so to enter an art show seemed sorely premature. However, on the drive home, I strongly started to consider entering the show. In my mind, I thought it would be a great way to get over the ‘first art show’ jitters, after all, the show was at a local art store, not at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Right?

OK, that relieved me a bit.  So, then I remembered a picture I saw on Facebook that I’d seen months early and at the time thought I’d like to draw it one day.  I mostly remembered the tenderness I saw between the two subjects (a grandmother and first grandchild) and wanted to try to portray that on paper with graphite.

I contacted the the friend who posted the photo.  I explained how I wanted to draw the photo and enter it into the art show. She gave permission so I started drawing.  Last week I entered the drawing into the art show and on May 9th there will be a reception and prizes.

Honestly, the reception and prizes part is not my primary reason for submitting. I just wanted to have this ‘step’, this milestone, behind me. I can now say I have entered an art show having works submitted from multiple artists around the city. :).  Don’t get me wrong, if I happen to win a prize that would be terrific … and a great motivator to continue improving my skill and blessing as many people as possible.

This is my legacy.  I’ve never had the opportunity to be a mom. As I’ve gotten older I began to wonder what legacy I could leave.  Over the past two years, I’ve discovered that each of my drawings, in the many homes they now in, both in the States and overseas, will be a perfect legacy.  Each of my drawings carries within each stroke a piece of me.

So here is the piece that I submitted. It is called ‘Grand Love‘.

Grand Love
Grand Love

Steve and Annie Chapman

So, what do you get for the person who has everything? Well, if you are a portrait artist – problem solved. . Chances are, every gift I every give from now on might be a drawing. Ha!

A few years ago I met one of the most wonderful, Godly couples I’ve ever known and through them I have met a whole new family of people who are near and dear to my heart. I have the fondest of memories of hanging out with them and their family/friends over the past decade. Steve and Annie Chapman (www.steveandanniechapman.com) have ministered throughout the country for the past 30 years blessing families and sharing the Gospel through their music, books, and lives.

A few weeks ago I attended their 40th wedding anniversary and, of course, they received a drawing. I actually drew a pair of portraits: ‘Then and Now’. The only challenge was the limited time in which I had to draw it. They were quite happy with the results.

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