Throughout those years, I have had many changes come and go in my life. Some of them were joyful... others were painful... but all led me to the place where I now stand... in great peace and gratitude for the so many blessings that I have been afforded. At the top of that blessing list are my supportive and loving Families and Friends. It has been people who have enriched and contributed to my journey who have made the difference between just living... and my feeling fully ... alive!
On this special occasion for "Me"... I wish to thank each of those groups for their continued love... support and faith in my work. Each of "You" have contributed to that happening. Without you... my life would be empty and meaningless. I truly mean that! With every card and phone call that I have received today that feeling of love... abundance and acceptance has swelled within me... till "my cup runneth over." I thank you!
I wish to offer today's painting, the focus of my chosen Challenge for Day#11 in your honour... and in deep gratitude for your gifts unconditional love and loyalty to me over my entire lifetime. It is indeed a "sun-filled" painting and that sun indeed strikes the arched shoulders of this old winter willow... not unlike the giant willow under which we all met and grew together at our Sherman Shangra-la at Narrow's Lane Road. It symbolizes a Family... together always.. "in sunlight or in shadow" woven together with love and music in our common hearts. God bless each of you... and again... Thank you for making my life worth while!
Much love ALWAYS!
Good Painting to all!... Sorry for the deviation from the game plan... but some things in life should take precedent! The title is "Sunshine on my Shoulder" - oil on canvas 30x24 inches. It is not completely finished. I will finish tomorrow and share the process with you then. Deb has prepared a special meal... just the two of us... and a rousing game of Scrabble to finish off the birthday celebration!