I’m loving creating my Art Apples! I’ve had some wonderful comments and feedback and I want to thank you all for the amazing support – it keeps me going and gives me strength. One day at a time – an art apple a day!
I’m committed to my endeavor and to helping bring awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis.
I have to tell you all that I had something really wonderful happen today. As an artist (I have a BFA and I still have trouble calling myself that) we all look for confirmation, validation and praise. It is so difficult to open yourself up to the world and say “I created this”. So… acceptance is like air – we can’t live without it. I have spent too many years afraid that my work would be anything but loved because I couldn’t accept anything else. The need for this can become absolutely paralyzing in the creative process so when a stranger takes the time to validate your work it is more than the air we need, it’s like air that contains pure love. It feels different – it is sustenance in a way that makes every cell in your body take notice. I had a stranger approve of what I do and that stranger is an amazing accomplished artist – it made me weep (seriously I started bawling) to read the words of his note, especially because he lives with AS too so I know he understands where I’ve been.
Thank you Tom for your kind words.