Downfalls Lifes beauties in disguise
It's life, isn't it? curve balls, detours, pitfalls?
We get them all the time and we can handle them one of two ways. We can let them get us into a funk and wejust roll around in the mud, or we can learn from them.
In 2009 I was gainfully employed at a major banking institution in Toronto. Lamenting about my seeming inability to be a full time artist. So I dream. But one day all 63 of us in our devision we gathered around by the "Suits". You know the ones, they wear the dark suits and a few of them have bundles of white envelopes in their hands. Then, and you know youre toast when they start with these words: "We want you all to know how valuable you all are to the Bank..."
while the envelopes are being handed out and HR reps are quickly assembling themselves in nearby offices to console the newly dismissed, outsourced, downsized sad faced employees, non of which saw it coming and none of which are remotely ready for retirement, they file one by one like a bunch of hogs being hurded off to the slaughter house.
I was there. I was one of those hogs. For just about 20 seconds. I watched grown men and women all around me crying and some even begging their (now former) bosses to save their jobs. For a few brief seconds I felt it too. My kids, my house, my mortgage, my car, etc, etc. Yes, pretty sobering.
And then it hit me. I had just realized a life long dream. To become a full time artist just became a reality!
It could have been a depressing time, it tried to be from time to time, but I was determined that I would get up each morning as if I were going to work at the bank. I would take my breaks as if I were at the bank and I would work till 5pm daily, just as if.
It's been 9 years. No looking back. Desperate men take desperate measure? Yes, I was doing many crazy things to keep the ship afloat. Mostly I thank God every day for his provision and blessing. I am thankful that he gave me the tools through the course of my life to be best suited to do this art career when the time came. 14 years in retail learning selling and marketing skills, 12 years with the bank learning business and money. Never thought the day would come when I would realize this dream...but dispite the downfalls, it came to fruition.
No looking back! Full steam ahead!
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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.