Yesterday, a reporter and photographer from our local paper, the Itemizer-Observer, came to my home to do a story on me, and my art ... just in time for the art-show! I had shamelessly self-promoted my story - suggesting to the editor that it would make for a story with true "local color" <snort!>...! So, they did it! I blathered on for about an hour, before they even asked any questions, LOL! I have NO idea what the story will say -- but I'll share a link, likely next Wednesday, when it comes out in the paper. Both of the newspaper folks were young, art-focused, and spiritually subversive -- we had a wonderful conversation...! We joked about creating a secret art-gang, and painting this town paisley while the good folks are sleeping!
And, today, the local antiques dealer, with a small "mall" downtown (3 blocks from my house), said that she's way-eager for me to sell my items there...! It'll be on a consignment basis, which is fine for me ... as it is, I've so fallen in love with what I've painted, that I'm reluctant to sell any of it...! This is like adopting out my babies!
But, back to St. Francis, and then on to painting ...
I just heard this prayer of his, which so resonates with me -- may it likewise inspire your heart:
"May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships
~ so that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God Bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people
~ so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war
~ so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and share their joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in the world
~ so that we can continue to do what others claim cannot be done".