As many of you know, I just returned from dropping off my oldest daughter at college for the first time. It’s been a very emotionally challenging time for me. I created this painting several months ago, but feel it sums up this summer perfectly and is a follow up to my earlier post and painting “holding on and letting go.”
I knew this summer would be about preparing my daughter for college and preparing myself to let go. I knew I wanted to spend as much time with my daughter as possible before she left home. What I didn’t know is that my younger daughter would injure her knee and require surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation. Although I was not happy about being “grounded,” perhaps it was a blessing in disguise. I got LOTS of extra time at home with two of my favorite people in the world—my daughters! For us, the summer has been all about nesting, resting, healing. It has been about strengthening our roots and our wings before taking flight.
I was worried that I was neglecting my art biz this summer and not working towards my goal of getting my ART out into the world in a bigger way. Then it hit me—That’s exactly what I’ve been doing all summer long (and for 18 years)! My daughter Autumn’s initials are A.R.T. (yes, on purpose) and she and my daughter Zoe are by far mine and my husband’s greatest works of art! This summer was in fact, all about getting my A.R.T. out into the world (and to Art School in New York to boot)! Mission accomplished—time to SOAR my baby bird! You’ll do great! Love you!