SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!!
Thankfully the warm weather has returned and Spring has Sprung! I look forward to longer days, warm sunshine and getting outside to paint. The painting above was done for a Muskoka Arts and Crafts Gallery Challenge which was to be inspired to create by a quote. I chose one that has stuck with me for many years written by Winston Churchill as follows.
" Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill
These words continue to inspire me every day, and remind me to never give up. My Dad always told me that he admired my tenacity, courage and determination. I am thankful for both my creative Mom and a very inventive Dad and for the never ending encouragement they gave me in the formative years. I have never looked back from a decision that I made as a young child to pursue my dreams as an artist. Life is a beautiful journey, full of surprises, twists and turns and I have learned to trust and bravely face whatever comes. Brief moments of darkness, fear or disappointment are replaced by the joy and thankfulness of not having to face it alone. Knowing my art is a conduit for expression I can rise above and show my sheer joy and wonder of nature, ever changing and ever soothing to my soul.
This Spring I am thankful for friends, family and the honest love and care of a special man who has opened my eyes and my heart to love again. So I close with a moment to reflect on the goodness and mercy shown to me in my life. Onward and upward, moving beyond the trials of today to a fresh new day full of joy.
HAPPY SPRING to all of you, and may the sun shine on you today! Have a colourful day!