MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON TO ALL!
Holidays are a giant interruption to art making, so focus on my current work is sidetracked. But that doesn’t make me forget creativity! I am always creating whether in the kitchen, a special thanks to someone or parenting(not so great in that category).
I like thanking others for the gifts they’ve given me and my family. Baking cookies with my kids and having them assist in packaging and delivery allows us to be creative together and think on all the wonderful moments we’ve shared this year and in the past. I’m so thankful for the influence of all my relatives, but especially Mom, who passed at this time last year. As I attempted her Drunken punkin pie(where’s the bourbon when you need it?) , dressed a turkey (2 in this past month), and hearing her favorite hymns playing over surround sound that my lovely husband installed for me (he does this for a living) brought me close to her. I believe the memories we create with others truly are what sustains us in the future. Its not the things but the times we shared in the kitchen, singing in the choir, and eating a traditional Christmas Day dinner. Events like these join hearts in like minded tasks, engage the soul, boost the mind to learn and certainly allow endorphins in laughter and glucose to flow!
I had more flexible time leading up to Christmas; odd for me as I am usually the busiest this time of year with clients wanting paintings in the their homes before their guests arrive. I had time to create more art uninterrupted. But more importantly, time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Mom may be gone from my dinner table but I will one day be at the HUGE dinner table with her. The EVERLASTING FATHER has come in the form of a baby, taught us how to love one another, died for my sins, rose to Everlasting life and says I can have this too, to be with Him forever. I know I’ve missed the mark time and time again. Good news is, I can pick up my paintbrush again, glue a new dyed fabric, stitch through my canvas a new path that points straight to Him and prayerfully point others this direction as well. Every time I see a sunset, the amazing colors, I think of Mom’s love of sunsets and how glorious it is to create with color and the next day and the next to see again its glory in a new way. May I always be reminded of His unending love for us all and how he paints glorious sunsets to remind us that the paint is never dry. Tomorrow it will look a bit different but I can trust that its just what I should see at that moment. If He gives me blue than go with that; if its pink, orange and magenta, well then, lets get to work!
Current exhibition/sale of Debra’s work:
Surprise City Hall,16000 Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374
City of Goodyear Library, 14455 W. Van Buren C101 Goodyear, AZ 85338
Avondale City Hall, 11465 Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323
Catitude Gallery, 404 E. Western Avenue, Avondale AZ 85323 623.388.3840
Private showing: Henderson NV, Jan 2016. New works, series titled “Explosions”. Contact Debra for advanced viewing.