Sunday, February 1, 2015

Life Well Spent

"Conference Call"
12" x 6" Oil on Panel

Yesterday I joined some wonderful people for an arts and crafts faire at a warm and welcoming home in Tempe.  The weather almost kept me from going.  Three solid days of rain in Arizona tend to dampen the spirits a little...and on Super Bowl weekend!

A few of the vendors had cancelled by the time I arrived.  The rain stopped and my friend Bonnie and I decided to set up our displays in the courtyard under the cover of a deep overhang.  Our hosts helped us with the electrical for lighting and started a fire in the outdoor fire pit. 

The traffic was a little slow, but that gave us more time to visit with our guests and fellow vendors.  Around 7 p.m. our hosts invited us in for spaghetti, salads and crusty garlic bread.  We continued to get to know each other and exchange ideas over a delicious meal. 

At the end of the day, not many sales were made.  On a purely monetary level that may seem to some like a failure, or at the very least a waste of time.  I came away feeling more energized and with a greater feeling of community.  Every person I spoke with inspired me in a different way. 

Today is Super Bowl Sunday.  It will be a day of watching the game with my family and friends, nachos and chicken wings, and maybe a cold one (or two).  I hope we can all remember to enjoy the day, wherever we may be.  Take real joy in the people that surround you, start a new project, plan a trip.  Like someone once wrote, "Be good to yourself...You won't earn a ribbon for suffering."

Life is Art...Paint Your Dreams!


  1. The Conference Call is wonderful! Your comments are good reminders of what is important.

  2. Thanks, Donna. Once in awhile I feel the need to say what's on my mind. Actually blogging on my blog page :-)