Above is a painting I started a few weeks ago. It is not finished yet, but as I continue to work on it and change things around I realize how connected I have become to it. I got the idea of this painting from a dream I had. In the dream this young girl was looking at me when I realized it was not me, but my purse she was eyeing. I suddenly felt as if I was being stalked and that this girl would try to rob me. I looked her in the eye and she backed off and left. I wondered to myself “what does this mean?” After much thought I realized that the girl in the dream was not the issue. It was me and my purse (or possessions that that the purse represented in my dream). As I pondered this dream, I felt sorry for the girl who was seemingly desperate and appeared to carry a lot burdens in her life. My life seems quite easy in comparison. Upon further consideration, I realized that we all have burdens in our life and some people even help carry other people’s burdens because they are so heavy and overwhelmed by them. Reminds me of Simon of Cyrene in the bible who took on Jesus’ burden and helped him carry his cross. Simon of course was not asked but told and obeyed regardless. Back to the girl. I could feel her need to meet her needs by any means possible, but when we looked eye to eye, she chose not to. That made me wonder why. It was then that I realized that I had been that girl along time ago. Desperate to be able to meet my needs but to do so without hurting others or myself to get to the place where I could meet my needs and survive. Not only survive, but actually thrive! Fast forward to today, as I contemplate my life during a bout of illness that has left me unable to busy myself as I usually do, I lay on the couch coughing and hacking to clear my lungs. I look around me and see lots of stuff. Some stuff I like and some I would like to get rid of but I’m too tired to actually do it. I think of how blessed I am and how my life was turned around for the better. But is it really better? Or maybe I’m just stuck right now waiting to go in another direction that is calling me? Maybe a better and higher direction than where I came from. If I go in that direction, I feel it will be on a path that serves other peoples needs instead of my own. After all, I have all my basic needs met and to go down a new path that would take me to a better life than this, would require me to do things differently and with a different focus other than myself. Maybe the girl in the dream saw my potential when she looked in my eyes and maybe I saw hers. After all, people can change and they should! Otherwise a stagnant life would only lead to a stagnant mind going nowhere thereby leading one to literally rot inside.
Seasons come and go and they change. I feel a new season on the horizon just waiting for me to embrace it. Who knows where it will take me? I hope to a better place because even though my life seems pretty good right now, it won’t stay that way forever. It will either be better or worse. So now, in my season of discontent with my life, is when I should be making plans to change some things. Purposeful decisions that will lead me to a higher calling, a more fulfilled life. A life where others matter more than me. Where I can climb higher with one hand up and my other hand reaching down to help another up. I believe this season of discontent is to make me so uncomfortable that I simply must move to get out it. The direction I move in is up to me. I think I would like to move in this world to make it a better place for others, others who carry heavy burdens all alone by themselves and to give them a helping hand along the way. Who knows? Maybe one day they too will be able to pay it forward.
Garden Rock Wall
Time is flying by these days. where has April gone? Joe and I cleaned out the garage and the attic trying to get junk out of the house to sell at our yard sale. The yard sale, by the way ,was a success. Now we just need to gather more things and stuff and have another one ! In the meantime I have a lot of gardening to do in my yard like getting weeds out before they overtake everything . Longing to plant some annuals but not sure if we’ll have another frost in May . So I postpone the idea and in the meantime I move rocks ,dig out weeds and repair my rock wall behind the garden . Repairing the wall is a big deal. I have to go and buy cement and get a few more rocks. Then, I have to load them up in the wheel barrel, push to the area that needs repairing (which is all the way back in the garden) ,pull out the cement mixer and lift the heavy bags of cement into the mixer and stack the rocks and fill with cement to hold it all together . I’m tired just writing about it ! Oh, but when it is finished, it’s spectacular. My cats love to walk the wall and sometimes take a nap on it. They also sit up on the wall and hunt their prey from above. The song “Summertime”, you know, where the Livin’ is easy , is anything but. So right now I’m just going to relax for a while and enjoy all the spring blooms and plan to do the work later.
So I finally received more soft copies of my book “Pia Pucknucker: The Mystery Of The Indian Treasure”. No hardcovers yet, so I decided to continue on with the sequel. It’s hard to push ahead when the first book has not been completely completed, if you know what I mean. So, here’s where the artistic angle comes in. I decided to just paint my “scenes” for the sequel in the hopes that the story will evolve from there. So far, so good.
Also I was sent an email from a company called VIDA who invited me to submit my artwork to be made into scarves, tees, tops and different types of clothing. Wearable art using my paintings. So after I searched my paintings that I keep online, that I thought would make abeautiful scarf or top. I designed four items that are now on the VIDA site. If the pre-orders sell within the next 14 days, VIDA will make the products. As an extra enticement, VIDA is offering the coupon code VOICES for 25% off of any preorders which makes these 100% modal scarves incredibly reasonable. I’d like to share my collections which connects my art all over the world with producers to bring my work to life. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with. .To view my collection visit http:www.shopvida.com/collections/voices/lindalindsly.
Last week during our snowstorm here in Winston-Salem, I had plenty of time to ponder and reflect on Pia Pucknuckers next adventure. There is something to be said about being bored with nowhere to go and nothing to do except look out the window and watch the snow fall. As I sat on my couch with my faithful companion Thumbelina, I decided I should sketch out some scenes of Pia’s next adventure. However, before I could even put the pencil to my hand, my head began to lower on the couch pillow where I quickly drifted off to sleep. Well, it was more like a nap. I did however have a dream with visions of what Pia and her friends will be up to in the next book. I envisioned that they were all looking for the lost cat but found themselves looking in a dark cellar, all of them clinging to one another as Pia holds a flashlight to an object. I cannot see the object, but I know in the dream vision I had that it was scary as the children gasped and shrieked at the sight they saw. At that point I woke up too.
As I sat up on the couch trying to make sense of what I saw, that is when I realized that is the next scene I should paint. My curiosity as to what they saw is still in question. I wonder what did the kids find? Was it Braveheart the cat? Was it something really scary or did they just get excited over nothing thinking it was something scary and frightful? Well, I’m not sure just yet. I think I’ll sketch and paint the scene then wait for an idea or inspiration. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions on what it could be, then let me know. I’d be interested in what you think. Right now I just need to get started while I’m all pumped up about the dream. I’ll just have to see where all this will lead me to and take me out of the winter storm boredom blues.
Well, as I look back at the past year and all the events and things that took place in my life, I’ve come to realize that I have a lot more to do to complete what I started this year along with adding some new goals.
Surprised that I became an author and illustrator is a big deal for me.
As an acrylic artist, I painted many paintings big and small, some for fun and some for commission. But then a painting suddenly became a story to be told and then more paintings followed and the story advanced and became a book. My daughter said to me awhile back “Mom, you should write a book”. I thought “nice idea but where do I start? ” and I just left it at that. Unbeknownst to me, that’s when the paintings became a story and a story became a book. The book, “Pia Pucknucker: The Mystery Of The Indian Treasure” was born. It didn’t take long for the book to be published but to get it printed in soft and especially hardcover was challenging and frustrating. I still have no hardcover books and Christmas has past so all my hopes of giving my grandchildren a book for their birthday or Christmas this year is gone. But I look to the new year 2016 to be the year of breakthrough for my book. Also, this coming year I plan to plow through the sequel of Pia Pucknucker’s next adventure. I’ve already painted three paintings of which the story will evolve into. Just can’t give out the details too soon.
I was also challenged by some health issues this year as well. In August I was diagnosed with heart failure. This took a big toll on my body and my mind. I thought “I’m too young for this!” But determined to live, I followed my doctors orders to a tee and took all my meds faithfully, did cardiac rehab, finished that and joined a gym. But I still had to face the depression I was feeling inside. Glad to have family and friends close by and my art classes that I enjoy became a therapeutic lifeline for me. It’s amazing how a lot of creative people suffer great depression but it’s the creativity that comes out of them that can also give them their life back.
Alas! I received good news on my last cardiac echoegram. My ejection fraction went from 30% up to 50%! The doctor said my heart has recovered. I rejoice over this good news but am determined to lessen the stress in my life, eat well and continue to exercise so I can move on in 2016 and paint and publish more books.
So, after reflecting on this past year, I look forward to moving into 2016 with great anticipation to what is in store for me this coming year.
“Pia Pucknucker And The Mystery Of The Indian Treasure” is finally out! I am still waiting for my hardcovers to arrive. In the meantime, my creative flow is stalling. I’ve been traveling a lot this month and I just got back from my trip to New Hampshire where my husband, Joe and I went on a vacation. The autumn leaves were so vivid and colorful it left us speechless! We also went on a three hour murder mystery train ride. It included a five course dinner. It was fabulous! Back in the day, when I used to do plays and theatre, I also did murder mysteries.(You did’nt know I was actress, did you?). Well, I was but I haven’t done theatre in ages. My memorization skills are a bit rusty. This time I’m in the audience and I get to eat! Now that this trip has ended I can hopefully get unpacked and relax. Maybe this va-cay was just what I needed to get my creative flow back.
Kitty: “What Will I Have For Dinner?”
Pia Pucknucker And the Mystery Of The Indian Treasure
Well I have my corrections made and anxiously waiting for my new proof to arrive. It’s been a long journey but worth the wait. Soon Pia Pucknucker will be available for reading. This summer I have been wondering what my next project will be. I’ve been writing some ideas about Angel Kitty and her desire to be a chef as well as Pia’s next adventure. Pia will introduce some new characters in her next book that will help her and Thumbelina navigate their next investigation. Don’t want to give away any details yet, but I may post some sketches along the way and we will see where they lead us.
Yeah! My proof for my book “Pia Pucknucker: Mystery Of The Indian Treasure” has come in today and I have been going over it with a fine tooth comb, making corrections and adjustments. I’m also making a list of the people who said they wanted a copy. I hope I don’t leave anybody out. Next, I’m going to go around my neighborhood this evening to show my neighbor friends the proof of the book. Everyone has been asking me when it will be ready. Then, as I show them the proof, they will will get to see their part in Thumbelina and Pia’s adventure. It’s hard to write my blog today because I’m literally jumping out of my skin in excitement and having a hard time concentrating and focusing on what I have to accomplish today. Truly, the book looks great! Now I hope I can get it corrected and reprinted and up for sale.