All these little paintings I've been creating showing snapshots of Charleston, SC are a series inspired by photos I took on my 40th birthday (which was 11/11/10 to be exact.)
Looking back on that particular day, I remember being so thankful that our son was seven -- and not a baby anymore. I love that he will gladly walk for miles around the city with us, happy to be out exploring a new place together.
The baby phase of his life was hard for me. But once he became a little person with whom I could carry on a conversation, for me that's when the fun began.
When I stop think about it, I realize there are so many things I love about my life, and the season I'm in right now.
I love that my husband took us to Charleston for a fun getaway... I love that the window boxes in Charleston are in full bloom just weeks before Thanksgiving... I love that I live within a half-day drive of such an exotic and inspiring city... I love the fact that even though I was rudely turned away by a gallery on that very same day, when I look back I only remembered the things that really matter... I love that I'm caring less and less about my "business," but enjoying the act of painting, even more and more as the year flies by.
I so love that our "baby" has grown into a sweet, intelligent boy. But the older and more fun he becomes, the faster time flies. I better savor it while it lasts!