Sunday, November 24, 2013

An Important Date Flew By

Forever in Tandem, commissioned work, acrylic on cradled board
Elizabeth W. Seaver
 Five years ago, November 17th, I began this blog with the following words: As a person who is lucky enough to be able to create art every day, I thought it would be fun to get to share it with more people.
When I forwarded my blog link to my husband that day, he turned to his business partner and said, "Hell has frozen over."
I thought I'd list ten ways my life and my art have changed in the last five years (in no particular order.) Though as I wrote them, I found I could have gone on and on.

#1 Overcoming my resistance to involvement in the social part of the internet was huge.

#2 I found a vast and varied group of on line art friends who've been an enormous support.

#3 I've learned to let it all hang out: the good, the bad, the ugly. I'm talking artwork, here.

#4 I rediscovered my love of writing.

#5 I embraced the silly painter inside.

#6 The writer and the silly painter chatted and came up with silly stories to go with paintings.

#7 I learned to appreciate this forum for the discussion of art topics: theft, commissions, and art doldrums, among others.

#8 Today, my life is more my own to do with what I wish since children have grown up and away. I grew up a little too (always painful) but celebrate the joy of this new place.

#9 My father died since I began this blog, and his last words to me, "Write that book," have stayed with me even as I continue to mourn the loss of daddy, teacher and friend.

#10 You can write yourself into the life you want, making a record of triumphs, failures, joys and pain to look back on--a shared journal with pictures and conversations.

Thanks to all of you for your contributions to my life's journal.


Cathy Engberg said...

I love this post! thanks for sharing your art and words with us for 5 years! I'm looking forward to more!

Polly Birchall said...

A wonderful journey and I agree with many things you have said. I look forward to continuing to follow your blog!!!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Cathy and Polly: You all always lift my spirits. Thank you so much for your humor and support. I hope I will be writing this blog for another five years!

theartofpuro said...

Love this post:)You did a great journey in these 5 years,happy for you!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Monica and Andrea--thanks so much for your contributions along the way. No one walks alone!

Bronson Hill Arts said...

Your work, your wit, your world are all inspiring, Elizabeth! So happy you've chosen to share and that you plan to continue!


Elizabeth Seaver said...

What kind words, Barb.Thank you so much.