Saturday, August 27, 2016

Live Every Day

I read this today written by JOHN PAVLOVITZ

And it really stuck me. I have included a link to his blog below. I've recently suffered the loss of someone very close to me so I've been thinking about death more than I usually do. 

On the die I day a lot will happen.
A lot will change.|The world will be busy.
On the day I die, all the important appointments I made will be left unattended. The many plans I had yet to complete will remain forever undone.
The calendar that ruled so many of my days will now be irrelevant to me. All the material things I so chased and guarded and treasured will be left in the hands of others to care for or to discard.
The words of my critics which so burdened me will cease to sting or capture anymore. They will be unable to touch me.
The arguments I believed I’d won here will not serve me or bring me any satisfaction or solace.   
All my noisy incoming notifications and texts and calls will go unanswered. Their great urgency will be quieted.
My many nagging regrets will all be resigned to the past, where they should have always been anyway.
Every superficial worry about my body that I ever labored over; about my waistline or hairline or frown lines, will fade away.
My carefully crafted image, the one I worked so hard to shape for others here, will be left to them to complete anyway.
The sterling reputation I once struggled so greatly to maintain will be of little concern for me anymore.
All the small and large anxieties that stole sleep from me each night will be rendered powerless.
The deep and towering mysteries about life and death that so consumed my mind will finally be clarified in a way that they could never be before while I lived.
These things will certainly all be true on the day that I die.
Yet for as much as will happen on that day, one more thing that will happen.
On the day I die, the few people who really know and truly love me will grieve deeply. 
They will feel a void. They will feel cheated.
They will not feel ready.
They will feel as though a part of them has died as well.
And on that day, more than anything in the world they will want more time with me.
I know this from those I love and grieve over.
And so knowing this, while I am still alive I’ll try to remember that my time with them is finite and fleeting and so very precious—and I’ll do my best not to waste a second of it.
I’ll try not to squander a priceless moment worrying about all the other things that will happen on the day I die, because many of those things are either not my concern or beyond my control.
Friends, those other things have an insidious way of keeping you from living even as you live; vying for your attention, competing for your affections.
They rob you of the joy of this unrepeatable, uncontainable, ever-evaporating Now with those who love you and want only to share it with you.
Don’t miss the chance to dance with them while you can.
It’s easy to waste so much daylight in the days before you die.
Don’t let your life be stolen every day by all that you’ve been led to believe matters, because on the day you die, the fact is that much of it simply won’t.
Yes, you and I will die one day.
But before that day comes: let us live.
So with that in mind I've been painting up a storm. Traveling. Reading. Trying to do things I love and let go of a lot of those things that really don't matter.

Friday, August 19, 2016

12 More Days for Sally Angers Show CODA

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317 Pollock St, downtown New Bern, announces Sally Anger as their featured artist for August with her show - Coda.

CODA "The concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure."  Following the show about her cross country travels, Sally Anger returns to her beloved coastal North Carolina waters and marshes.

Sally walks with her dog Theo daily in the Croatan Forest, observing the changing light and colors through the seasons. Many of her canvases are painted en plein air, with acrylics, oils, and mixed media.

Sally Anger grew up in the coastal town of Beaufort North Carolina after moving there at the age of nine. She has loved art all her life, and attended workshops and painted for many years. In 2002 she took the plunge and left a career as a nutritionist to pursue art full time.

She obtained her associate's degree in fine arts from the local community college and then studied for several semesters at a ECU'S art school before heading off on her own. She continues to explore new ways to express herself through art by experimentation, life drawing classes, critiques with other artists and workshops.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer 2016

It has been a summer I would just like to forget in one way and hang on to in another. Those who know me know what I'm talking about.

Now it's time to get back to work. Yesterday I was at Carolina Creations and realized how low I am on my pottery!! So sat down and started painting platters.

I also have a show coming up which I've gotten just a few paintings done for so the next two weeks are really going to be hectic!