Though I had my doubts, 1,000 Works of heART was a smart stARTistry project for me. I have made 187 distinct hearts – each one flexing both my stARTing AND finishing muscles. For someone who starts many a grand project and finishes . . . well . . . fewer than she stARTs, the idea of a big goal with individual, autonomous parts, proved to be huge fun and a worthwhile workout.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and my hearts are overflowing. Not only were there flowers and candy waiting for me when I woke up (thank you, Honey!), but I have been thinking all day about my little works of heART being used to convey cupid’s message.
What fun I had making 113 hearts, adding to the 74 I made last year. The most fun was connecting with friends who purchased hearts to give away. One bought 3″ square paintings for her entire staff. One bought paintings for her whole family. StARTist friend, winemaker Cindy Reynolds, wanted to put her own words on a heart for her daughter, so she came to my studio with a bottle of Flyboy Red.
“By all means,” I said. “Help yourself to a paintbrush, Cindy!”
When you come to my studio and see a corkscrew among the palette knives, you’ll know it stARTed today.
Heart #187 gets a personal touch.
I started 1,000 Works of Heart last year when I learned that painting that swashy heart shape with the paint left on my brush from a “real” painting was a heart-happy Zen move. One can’t paint a heart and be cranky at the same time.
The same goes for GIVING a heart. This selling stuff is hard, though. If it weren’t going for such a good cause, charging money for things that were so fun to make would feel wrong. (Of course wrapping and shipping makes we want to charge double. Thank goodness for helpers.)
If you want to discover how good it feels to give original art (always the best gift) to your friend, your mom, your kid or, most important, your honey, stART here: http://beckybladesart.com/396431/hearts-minds/ All sales benefit Newhouse Shelter.
Buy all you want. I’ll make more.
Today I was thinking about all the hours I’ve spent at the workplace and all the people who made them joyful. It seems simple: bring all of yourself to work, and it’s always enough.