Friday, January 1, 2010
To welcome the new year, I thought it would be appropriate for me to take stock of my blessings, which there are many, and to share a story. The restoration of my ability to continue my art after my experience of a massive brain stem stroke is a huge blessing for me. This event (turned blessing) is one of the most spiritual aspects and teachings of my life. For this, I am truly grateful.
The sumi-e you see above is THE very first attempt at painting with my non-dominant left-hand. This painting does not even have a name. It's untitled. Maybe I should call it 'Grateful'. Anyway, I thought it would be appropriate to share this painting with you today, the first day of 2010. I used drawing to recover from my massive and devastating stroke and this activity literally saved my life. I was an artist and a high school art teacher before the big event. However, somehow for years, I felt I would not be able to paint again. That was in my head!
About five years ago, I tried. The painting above was my first attempt and my first sumi-e in 20 years. I thought to myself, 'Huh, you can still paint' and 'It's not a masterpiece but you can paint' and 'You better get practicing girl'. So, I did. Along with my day job of counseling at the college where I now work - I painted. And, I painted.
Three years ago, I launched my personal art website and then began entering local painting competitions again. Last year, I started my first POD and this summer really expanded my art sites, adding more PODs, started this blog, and joined Facebook and Twitter. I'm on a roll now! My artwork is showing and selling all over the country. This is a wonderful blessing.
I wish you all a joyful and peaceful New Year in 2010! Count your many blessings. Big or small. And, if you don't see any, make some up. It's all in our attitude. They will come. You appreciate and have gratitude - They come!
To read my entire story of stroke recovery, view my drawings, and learn more about recovery art, visit my website and view Healing with Art.
Casey Shannon Studio