In 2012, through an odd series of “coincidences”, I took a painting class from Flora Bowley.
A very good friend at that time, tricked me into signing up for Flora’s eclass. I was very sick with fibro, lyme and CFS. I had been in bed for over 20 years.
I was kind of doing art. But I was just too sick to do much. Making a phone call overwhelmed me. Trying to be creative was impossible.
Then, I discovered the computer app I now use, Painter. At that same exact time, Flora came into my life with her philosophy of life and art. I had a positive outlook on life, but it had never occurred to me to apply that to my art. Duh!
Flora has shared stories of her students in her blog. This week, she chose my story.
Click here to read the blog. While you’re there, check out her fantastic art and be sure to check out her classes. Be sure to click on “Shop” at the top. She has fantastic products made from her art for sale. Flora’s art or her classes make fabulous Christmas gifts.
I have a very exciting update to the story on Flora’s blog. I have gotten out of bed in the last month and am sitting up. Best of all, I’m sitting up in MY STUDIO. Since 1994, I have kept a tiny little light on in my studio. Hoping and praying that somehow, some way, I would find my way back there.
While we were recently in Maui for five weeks, I totally focused on sitting up all day. I had a choice, lay in a dark bedroom all day, or sit on the lanai with my laptop and paint while l listened to the waves and smelled the tropical breeze. Hmm. Not much choice there.
There were no other kinds of input to drain my energy. No interruptions of everyday life. I was able to just focus on breathing and being vertical. It has been hard, harder since I got home. But most days, I’m doing it.
I am so thankful to God for allowing me to heal. So many people do not get this opportunity. I’m a long way from well. But I have a life. I can go out and do things with Warren. I can do art again. I am just very grateful for all I have.
The art is a fish from a larger painting that you can see here.