It’s the last night of 2020. How do I even begin writing about a year that lasted a decade? I’m counting my blessings. I’m here. I made it, my house is standing, I’m healthy, my parents are healthy, my small business is alive, there’s food in the fridge and gas in my car. I’ll be able to make my coffee in the morning. These are not small things.
This has been the year of putting things in perspective. Health, safety, shelter, a paycheck, the very things we might take for granted were put into question this year. At the same time!!! I don’t know about you but I’m guessing you feel the same, I’m tired. Soul tired. This peaceful week between Christmas and New Years is lovely but it’s made me realize that it’s like sitting down after a marathon…maybe better to keep running because once your’e down, you’re down.
I painted this woman about a week ago as a nod to the new Pantone colors, Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Grey, a symbol of the year we’ve had and (hopefully) the year we are starting. It’s not my favorite color combo so wanted to bring it alive in a way that felt true to my me. Cozy in a cardigan, strong, resilient, patience with grace. Last year I painted a tiger going into the New Year. Premonition? I’m hoping that this last painting of 2020 is an anthem for being gentle on ourselves, wearing normal clothes again, keeping an eye on the horizon and staying calm under pressure.
Happy New Year, my friends. I am deeply grateful if you read this or have purchased cards or a painting or envelopes or have said hi on social or just follow along because art makes you feel good. This year, more than I’ve ever experienced, a kindred community has kept this boat afloat. Thank you and I wish us all brighter days ahead!