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!