it's that time of year again where we get swept up in what the media wants Christmas to be and when I instead turn to home, friends, family and faith to remind me of the reason for the season. Once my Christmas tree is up, the holiday spirit takes me over. My
festive faux fir is adorned with touches of red and
white, speckled with icicles, flora & fauna, and a few of my
favorite mementos tucked between the branches. Decorating the
tree may seem like a simple tradition, but perfectly placing each
ornament — as I thoughtfully reflect upon where each and every one came from
(don't we all?) — reminds me how precious family and loved ones are. How
precious life is. And how lucky we are to have extended families...
like our Art & Soul family!
a winter fire, my extended retreat family truly warms my soul. I think
back to my first event — more than a dozen years ago — and some of you are still
with me... still by my side. And many of you have become the closest of
friends. Some of the Art & Soul attendees I've just met, but it's
like we've known each other for years. That's what happens when
like-minded people, linked by the most precious of gifts — the ability
to let go and be creatively free — meet for the first time. And all of my dear,
dear retreat goers and teachers from all the years in between... I just
cannot believe how lucky I am to have you all in my life. It reminds me
how precious life really is and makes my holiday heart swell with gratitude.
I really consider the holidays a time to remind us that those in-between moments are the ones that
count. And to be able to fill them with creativity is such a blessing.
We are fortunate to have our art that connects us and make us stronger. A
bond that is created in one moment, yet lasts a lifetime. We are a
tribe of artists... leaning on each other for support, encouragement and
inspiration! It reminds me the importance of friendships, not just
around the holidays, but every day.
this holiday season I'd like to thank you all for daring to experience
something greater for yourself in the form of our mixed-media excursions. The bravery it took to come along on
this creative adventure with me. And the heartfelt connections we have
made over art. I am truly blessed to have all of you in my life and I
hope that your holiday season is filled with the love of family,
friends, and perhaps a few random moments of creativity.