Looking Back – Day 52

Today is Day 52 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Fifty Two – November 21, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

I love being reminded of the family stories I shared over the year of apples and the original post from Day 52 warms my heart especially because it combines memories from both my husband’s and my childhood.

I’ve started a folder in my dropbox of little snippets of stories and maybe one day I’ll put them all together in a book. Last week I added a new story to my growing collection, maybe one day it will be appropriate to share here.

Life is really quite interesting even in the small tidbits of time but the stories can vanish if not captured and stored. Like the memory I have of my grandfather winding the clock – he’s alive for me right now as I see him so clearly in my mind’s eye. That is just the best gift today!

Do you have a childhood memory about old clocks? I’d love to hear about it.

To see my original Day 52 post ~ Cuckoo… cuckoo… ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 51

Today is Day 51 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Fifty One – November 20, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

I was so enjoying the apple requests! I don’t think I would have done a Star Wars apple unprompted but as you will see from the original Day 51 post, my cousin’s son Jack was an Art Apple A Day fan (which just tickled me) and kids seem to delight in seeing the culture apples especially! I need to make a list of them – over the entire year I have quite a number! Wait until you see the Harry Potter and Shrek apples!!!

To see my original Day 51 post ~ R2-D2 Apple ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 50

Today is Day 50 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Fifty – November 19, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

I created this apple cake for my Mom’s Birthday. I love that I will always have this apple cake to honor my Mom and her very large part of the apple year.

Today, we celebrated Mom’s 76th birthday. So much on my mind about my Mom… but sometimes the words don’t come and sometimes things aren’t ready to be shared. Until that time, I just want to share how we celebrated her today. My younger brother Jason, my Dad Bill, and I took Mom to lunch today and we spent 2 hours straight laughing – it was a good thing the restaurant was virtually empty because we couldn’t contain ourselves.

Last year for Mom’s 75th (pre-covid) Birthday we had a huge party but this year was just as special in a very different way – our small pod – celebrating a woman who needs to be honored for her steadfast strength, integrity, deep love of her family and friends, and her selflessness. What an example for all ~ I am so blessed she’s my Mom.

To see my original Day 50 post ~ Happy Birthday! ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 48

Today is Day 48 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Forty Eight – November 17, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

I see that sometimes my original posts from back ten years need a 2020 revamp or current observation but this apple is actually even more true today.

However, my new mindset is about honoring my work and my thoughts and where they land is where they land. It is a freeing feeling! I know that I am a tiny spec in this universe but I am also absolutely positive that every tiny spec has a ginormous impact. Our ripples extend to all space and time and creativity is God speaking.

To see my original Day 48 post ~ Miniature Apple ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 47

Today is Day 47 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Forty Seven – November 11, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

This is one of my favorite apples and I know there is a great new post here somewhere but I’m drawing a blank. I guess it will be another day, another reflection, when it will come to life once again because today my heart is like this apple, full of love but in knots.

To see my original Day 47 post ~ Celtic Heart Apple ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 46

Today is Day 46 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Forty Six – November 15, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

My “Post It” apple was all about what I call “art in real life”!

I went to art school in the early 90’s. We had one computer for the entire department and it needed a large room to contain it. Yes, I’m THAT old! But because of this I was taught to create with materials in my hands. Pen, ink, clay. I was taught perspective and drafting in the old school manner not with CAD which I believe allows me to eye the correct angle in a composition instead of relying on a computer to tell me how it should be. I learned how to mix colors on a palette, not be able to simply select it from the screen.

I do create some digital art (you can see some of it on my IGTV) but as much as I like the instant gratification and flexibility, I know that the power of what my hand touches and applies, holds me and my essence as the creator, in a more ethereal way. And these “real life” pieces held in the viewers hands or sight, convey what the bits and bytes simply never can.

I am moving more and more into only selling original art because of this. I want to send my creativity, my essence and joy, out into the world, to you , so that your hands may touch where the paint lives and your eyes may bring these images into the backs of your retina. Using your senses to experience art and how it moves you is key to a piece’s magic and that magic, in turn, to the emotion once it transfers. These things connect us “in real life” instead of connecting representations of them or us. This is what I wish for ~ crave ~ when I create.

Although I’ve been adamant about creating physical art, I realize that I have moved more digitally in other areas of my life since 2010. I’m going to look for more ways to go old school in life and get out of the online world into the real world once again because I believe it is that important. To start… I think it’s time to use Post-It notes once again!

To see my original Day 46 post ~ Post It! ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 45

Today is Day 45 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Forty Five – November 14, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

I was discussing vulnerability. It’s been so interesting for me to reflect back to 10 years ago because I am seeing how far I’ve come in so many areas in my life – especially my mindset and health. Back then my vulnerability was sharing the difficulties of chronic illness and chronic pain associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis. It was extremely difficult to share those things at that time.

Shifting to my thoughts on personal vulnerability today with revisiting my apples and A.S., I am feeling anxiety about sharing my successes, thoughts on mindset, and progress with pain and treatment.

In the world of health advocacy (which you can categorize this project as) I am a bit of an outlier. Half of what I share has nothing to do with health issues at all. For some in the past this was labeled as a missed opportunity. I see it as honoring my journey in its entirety and being true to my whole self.

In health advocacy I see a tendency to share the difficulties more than the successes. I understand that impulse and it is imperative we share the extremely difficult truths. People just diagnosed need this especially but in my opinion we should also share how some are succeeding and overcoming and thriving! I’ve been tempering my thoughts because I don’t want to upset people but looking back to this apple and the post about living whole-heartedly and with true vulnerability, I am going to take that to heart and not numb vulnerability. I’m proud of where I am and what I’ve overcome and I wish the same for everyone. My hope is that people who see how my life with A.S. has evolved will find inspiration and hope for their future too. xO

To see my original Day 45 post ~ English Cottage Apple ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 44

Today is Day 44 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Forty Four – November 13, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

I had just received a care package from my Mom. The year of my apples my husband and I lived in Colorado. We moved to Maine in 2013 because I just couldn’t be away from my Mom and Dad and family any longer. Thankfully Doug understood this and agreed to move across the country. It was a very big decision but one both of us, seven years later, are very glad we made. I’m extremely nostalgic as you will see if you read my original post from day 44. Back then I thought it was because I was so far away from family and the culture of New England but now I know that it is because old things ~ especially ones handed down that connect me to family ~ hold a vibration and essence of the people who’ve held them and cherished them.

I definitely feel this in original art or anything made by hand, don’t you? I love some new things and my decorating style is eclectic because all new or all old (in my view) is not real life. But, old or handmade things, ohhhhh (covering my heart with my hands) old and handmade things are magic! I love to surround myself with them. My Mom doesn’t need to post items in a box any longer so I get little surprises from here all the time! She’ll say, “do you want this?” and you’ll never guess what my answer is!

To see my original Day 44 post ~ Let The Paint Go! ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

Looking Back – Day 43

Today is Day 43 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Forty Three – November 12, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

This apple was very popular. I think it struck a chord with thoughts of being pigeon holed in the medical bureaucracy. At least I think that was a big part of it although when I created it I was thinking about my personal free spirit. Fast-forward to 2020 and I am seeing it in a whole new way – isn’t that the lovely thing about art, we all see what is relatable to us at the moment in time we view a piece.

Today, I looked at the image and title and I was flooded with thoughts of how society puts us into emotional cages. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness is a powerful cage we are taught to think is inescapable! I had those thoughts for years and it isn’t a happy or powerful place to be.

A couple of years ago the figurative cage in my mindset started to fade away as I learned new ways to consider my present moment. It’s like my acorn story – how we choose to see something creates the world around us. If I were to create this piece today… the apple (me) would not be sitting tentatively in the door of the cage, it would be way over there looking back at it and waving the other apples (imagine with me) to come along with me way way far away from that sweet little (disguised) cage to the sun filled meadow where we’d be free from the confines of the way we think we have to look at illness.

To see my original Day 43 post ~ Don’t Cage Me In ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…