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.