Today I received in the mail a beautiful water-color painting by Veronica Gager whom I have had the pleasure of meeting through an online ATC trading group. I am a meager beginning artist (if I dare to use that term) and she is an established artist of 20 years with two degrees in art. I am in such awe of her work and we have traded a few pieces of our tiny artworks. Veronica saw on my Flickr site an altered tassel that I made and requested one for herself. She was going to trade some ephemera for it. I was thrilled at what she sent me, several water-color papers that she made and some items I could use for future tassels. When she received my tassel she liked it so much she sent me this water-color painting she did out of the shear kindness of her heart. It is beautiful and I can’t believe she did that for me. I will never be able to repay her for that.
June 10, 2010
Random Acts of Kindness
I’m a native of La Porte, Indiana. When I was growing up we didn’t have much money, so I made my gifts for others with materials I found out and around. I loved it. And I have to say I was pretty good at it. People always liked what I gave them. I went to work for 26 years as an employee of a major asphalt paving company. I began as a secretary and eventually made my way to office manager. Needless to say I mostly only dreamed about my art - filling my mind with many ideas. Although the company did take advantage of my skills once in a while. For example, I created in-house materials for an open house. I loved “keeping my hand in” whenever an opportunity presented itself. Then I retired. And ... funny thing ... all those pent-up ideas I used to dream about began to roll out. I joined ATC (Artists Trading Cards) on line, I took classes and tutorials and learned about the processes of creating art. Today, I pursue these learning opportunities to open myself to new ideas and techniques. I also love opportunities to assist in classes for special populations. I find I learn a lot from those who have no preconceptions about what they should be doing. I’m eager to learn new things. Mostly I don’t have any idea what I set out to make. I simply let the ideas find me. The result is a wide variety of media and expression triggered by my experiences in every-day life. I hope you enjoy my work. View all posts by kboat
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