In today’s world full of social media, it’s easy to think everyone has a picture-perfect life. But what if you don’t feel like smiling and laughing? What if you don’t feel like getting out of bed?
I was touched by the wonderful response to my latest feature show when darkness comes. I never imagined that my art and prose would connect with so many people. At the reception in May, several people spoke with me about their own struggles with depression, and how my work resonated with their own experiences. Some spoke to me about loved ones who struggle, and how they could see aspects of them in my art. And at least one gallery visitors told me the show opened her eyes to issues she really didn't know much about.
I'm a procrastinator…I admit it. A perpetual postponer, a putter offer, a prolonger. It's my nature. Sometimes, I break free from this norm and get things done early. When I do, I celebrate. I think to myself “I can do this all the time!” This might last a few days, maybe a week. But then, I am right back to putting things off again.
Last weekend, one of my friends confessed that cornucopia is her favorite word. I have to agree that it’s a great word … in both sound and meaning. As Carol says … it just feels good rolling off your tongue. Go ahead … say it 3 times in a row … out loud! cornucopia – cornucopia – cornucopia! Feels g00d doesn’t it? (Carol’s gonna love this blog!)
I’m excited to finally announce that my sculpture embrace your inner light will be installed as public art in Beaverton, Oregon later this week! The City of Beaverton and the Beaverton Downtown Association chose this piece after seeing it at Art On Broadway Gallery in Beaverton. If you are in the area, I’d like to invite you to the sculpture dedication on Wednesday, November 9th at 4pm.
I have to admit, the first time someone referred to a piece of my artwork as a ‘Ridgway’, it made me laugh. I had just finished installing the custom piece in the photo with the new owners, who already had several pieces of my work. The wife was so excited she said “Now we have a ‘Ridgway’ in the living room, a ‘Ridgway’ in the family room, and a ‘Ridgway’ in the dining room!” I realized it was a wonderful compliment of my art and how much she enjoyed having it in her home… and it made me smile.