I have always loved Valentines Day. When I was in grade school, I loved the mandatory card swap, even though I was forced to give a valentine to the dodge ball bully and the girl who wouldn’t share her eraser with me. You know who you are.
Today, love’s special holiday reminds me to appreciate the things that stand the test of time – the people and relationships that give me the launching pads and soft landings every stARTist needs. You know who you are.
Last year before Valentine’s Day I had an art show at my friend, Shiela’s. Her amazing house was the perfect place to show off new France-inspired paintings to friends who didn’t get to see them at the gallery. In the spirit of season, we made it a fundraiser for the Newhouse domestic violence shelter and invited lots of big-hearted girlfriends.
To give the gals some gifts to buy, I made greeting cards of sold artwork and painted dozens of hearts with whimsical messages on canvas.
Painting hearts and listening for their musings was such a fun addition to my studio that I made it the secret launch of a new stARTistry project: 1000 Works of Heart. Last year, I got to 92. (If you bought one, look on the back for a number in black.)
The goal of 1,000 keeps me from expecting too much from any one heart. But other than that, the project is open ended: No deadline. No dollar goal. No pressure. No system.
A portion of proceeds from each painting will go to Newhouse. If your heart wants in: http://beckybladesart.com/396431/hearts-minds/
Stuff inspires art. We all know it.
Today is my sacred studio day, and I love the lunch confirmation I just got from my artist neighbor.
“Got tuna casserole or tuna sandwiches.
Will bake our cake this morning!
You inspired me to do a painting yesterday!
See you at 12:30.”