I painted this last night!
I ran over to show it to Kate, Chris, James, and Michael this morning. Michael, 4, said, "Is so prettyful, Aunt Shani!" Then he ran away and yelled, "I gonna go make something!" He came downstairs from his room a few minutes later with a pencil picture of a rose. Katie and I said how much we liked it and then Michael yelled to his brother James across the house, "James you wanna see my rose?!" James was about 30 feet away and the picture was about 3 inches high. James looked out from brushing his teeth and said so sweetly, "That looks good, Michael!" Michael smiled proud, stuck his belly out, and ran off to play with something else.
I did this painting in a few hours last night, so I don't have any in-process pictures. Actually, I didn't think it would amount to much until the very end when it began to come together and I realized that I really liked the looks of it! How appropriate for a piece called Bloom. While painting, I listened to this song over and over: Forever Young, by Alphaville
I've been wanting to acquire that song for about 10 years. It was part of the soundtrack in our sorority Rush video. It would have been easy for me to have access to it, the song, but though I wanted to listen to it I just couldn't in a way. Part of me hated that it was superficial, like the sorority, and upon finally listening to it last night- I realized that it is more than that, like people, like anything. There's always a heart involved- can't get away from that one. And if it doesn't make me cry now, I'll cry later. What to do?