So you have hit the wall. No hope, no help. Or so it seems. Today I had a very rewarding experience. I spoke as a motivational speaker at the Durham District Alternative School and all though I was there to give them support and encouragement, I ended up feeling pretty encouraged.
There are always choices in life and your movement forward or backward is usually dependant on your choices in life. DDAS is a place where kids and young adults, boys and girls come when they realize they have made some wrong choices or have been dealt some bad hands. They have come face to face with the choice: work at fixing my life with help from DDAS or continue on the road I was on. This class are firmly on the fix it side.
I had the opportunity to talk about how I deal with and have dealt with bumps on my road to success as an artist. I talked about having a dream and while dreams take years to realize sometimes, you need to eat, sleep, wear clothes,,,so you need to work somewhere in the mean time. Helps if you have a good education to fall back on but in any case you have take an income while you work on making the dream come true.
As I looked into those girls (it was a girls class) eye's my heart was tugged. Tugged by the knowledge that their lives were rough and they were all paying for wrong decisions made. But my heart was also really moved by their desire to get over it and move ahead with their lives. To take control and make a difficult situation work to their advantage.
I could not expound on my spiritual experience but here I can say that I felt Gods heart and how he wants to reach each of them with his loving hand of compassion and care. Always merciful, never judging, never condemning. Always willing to forgive and carry you forward.
Thanks to DDAS for the invitation and I look forward to the next opportunity to share and be blessed by your great work.
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.