Sunday, September 1, 2013
Inspired by my Daughter to Paint
During the last few months, she has been going to therapy sessions and taking meds. Her fears were becoming manageable, her stress levels lowered, but the final acknowledgment that things were turning the corner came yesterday when she was challenged.
Her friend needed a ride from our hometown suburb to downtown Chicago, and when we weren't available to drive them, she took the Jeep (which she doesn't like to drive) and on the way home (expressway, merging & darkening skies), she battled bouts of nerves with each flash of lightning until she drove up the driveway (just before the storm hit).
I'm so proud of her!! She not only made the decision to "find her wings" herself, but "took to the air" and made it through unexpected obstacles. She faced her fears, gritted her teeth (and gripped the steering wheel) and FLEW!!!
So I had to create this mixed media canvas in celebration of her flight, and in anticipation of many more to come. She will soar to newer and higher heights in her life, and that turns my own fears and doubts into Optimism with a capital "O."
I used an altered key I had made for a challenge, as well as a heart charm and handmade flowers from fabric, to embellish my canvas. I painted, ModPodged, stamped, Stickled, smeared, and then hand-printed and painted the sentiment.
I'm entering this project in The Positivity Blog, where Optimism is the challenge theme this month, and positive and motivating vibes are the message there. I just discovered this blog and LOVE their mission "...a place where you can come to see projects or posts that provide help, hope, courage, love, forgiveness, peace, motivation, encouragement, etc... A place to come especially on those days when the woes of the world just seem too much to bear."