"The Struggle with Being Invisible" - mixed media on paper, 14" x 10". Available here at at Artfinder.
I've been following the fiber art Facebook posts of Rebecca Carter Hayworth. Sweetness and introspection stitched into fiber assemblages of wonder. The Wingmaker Arts Collaborative in Charlotte was where I took my first ever art class, so Rebecca and her creations will always have a special place in my heart.
This piece was inspired by her stitchery. Painted over whimsical sketches on a piece of watercolor paper headed for the recycling bin, it brought a huge smile to my face when I realized who I was thinking of as I painted.
My arms and shoulders are regaining a bit of strength. I can paint a little longer, hold books and read without tiring and even wash my own hair now. The simple things are bringing me great joy.
I picked up Mark Nepo's The One Life We're Given, which
Sharing our stories is necessary to really see each other and to be seen. Nepo writes: "We all long to be accepted. And we all struggle with being invisible..." I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the people who have taken the time to know my story and make me feel seen.
(an illuminated novel by Dana Kumerow. Illustrations by Brittany Tate and Jen Walls)
"Sitting alongside Samira in the wagon, Arella’s dented sense of self makes her long to find her own kind, her own wild tribe. And luckily, Kumerow takes the reader along on an adventure of vast growth and transformation that delves deeply into Arella’s psyche to reclaim her birthright as a genius in listening to stories and eventually into telling stories herself. And perhaps against all odds, Arella becomes herself."
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