This is what a very good day looks like to me.
Moments when I am so caught up in what I am doing paint is dripping from my hand.
I like my hands covered in paint. I may grab a paint brush but still like the feel of the object as I paint over an edge with my finger.
I took these pictures this past Friday. I spent all day in my studio playing with altered books, paint and paper.
A glorious day.
Magical. One page drying while I paint something else.
Today I photographed lots of new work I will put in my shop. Me, a chilly day, a bit of sunshine, my camera, my art and a beautiful farm.
As I was driving down the farm road headed home, I was thinking about what I had to do next before these photos were in my shop...resizing, watermarking, filing, writing copy and uploading. Taxes. Blog post. Email blast.
Thinking how my Monday "to-do" will drip into Tuesday. Thinking about dinner, the wash I left in the washer, the altered book classes I will teach this week.
Then I stopped to check my studio mailbox.
I could see a bit of washi tape and a colorful envelope as I opened it.
And in it was a card with a really happy lama from Jessica Brogan, a sweet talented artist and friend of mine living in Austin.
It was filled with little scraps of colorful paper, a stamp from a letter, a picture of a clock...
And these words..."I hope you are well and I just wanted to tell you I think you are lovely".
Honestly? Jess you are lovely. And yes, right now I am very well just knowing you thought of me. Thank you. I really needed your kindness. So much.
ps. Jess and I met in an online class. I haven't met her in person. Yet. Connections are powerful. So is a hand-written note. Have you done that lately....just sent someone something out of the blue? It means so much.