Following my instincts

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CulanART Juried show
CulanART Juried show

 

In what seems like years ago (2008) an invitation landed in my Inbox to donate a painting for the Wright Wellness Center/Austin Art Garage Silent Auction Fundraiser.  I scanned the information and was impressed, but as my life was in a major transition, I felt I didn’t have the time despite the genuine interest.  The deadline arrived and coincidently, I ran into someone who had donated an item that day and she encouraged me to do the same.

My excuse was the lack of time to produce a painting.  In truth, being new to the world of being an “artist”, I’d put it off in fear of my paintings not being good enough to enter a contest.  But, the conversation took place and I took it as a sign as the original interest to enter hadn’t dissolved.

In typical fashion, I sped over to a local coffee shop where my paintings were hanging and grabbed my favorite one.  It was a painting that’d hung on my wall for a year with me not liking it.  Then, I’d thrown more layers on top of it and what evolved was a painting that I felt a kindred connection to.  I don’t know why I grabbed that one—I’d secretly hoped I wouldn’t sell it because of this connection.

Two hours before the deadline and making several calls when I couldn’t find the place, I walked into The Wright Wellness Center.  I started to inwardly panic:  I was actually giving up my favorite painting to never see again!  What was I thinking?  I’d acted on instinct and left logic behind in the dust.  Now I couldn’t get out the situation; I had to give it up!

However, I was greeted warmly by the people of the Wright Wellness and as I sat there completing the paper work, I felt a peace come over me that this WAS what I needed to do.  Someone else was to enjoy the painting, funds were needed to assist the center, and I would have tried to duplicate the painting instead of moving on to something else.

With many changes going on in my life, the thoughts centering on the results of the art contest were quickly an afterthought.

Guess what?  I won third place in the CulinART which resulted show with the other two winners with the Austin Art Garage!

My first ever show all because I let the process be the guide and I left my logic behind…

~dawn

 

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