The first ten sets of portraits are done! 40 in all. the last two sets are drying. I've been busy varnishing the paintings and sanding and finishing the cradles with Danish Oil. Safety third.
Working on Sam's portraits has really surprised me. Based on her responses to The 3:30 Project questions and prompts, I thought my focus would be other colors and atmosphere - greens, the cool of morning air and damp forest floor. And this, THIS, is what's emerging.
After a few hours of panicking, and a discussion with Sam, I've decided that going with my intuition, based on her responses, is going to be the best option. A little tweaking on this one and more layers to come on the other 3 panels.
For those that didn't get a chance to attend in person, here's the url to the FB Live video of this year's Mercy Connections annual benefit luncheon.
I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to speak on behalf of their Women's Small Business programs, and to my experiences.
The staff and volunteers of Mercy Connections, their participants, and benefactors, are part of a network - a greater community - supporting each other in transformation.
My segment begins at approximately 1:06:00 (time stamp) in the video and I invite you to wade into my story.
The luncheon, as is typical, was sold out at 500 seats. It was by no means easy for me to speak. On a good day, I find public speaking incredibly stressful. In the days leading up to the event, and during it, I was crashing into, and extricating myself out of flashbacks.
I've had a lot of practice identifying and recovering from flashbacks the past few years. Fortunately, on the day of the event, I did not experience the deeply disturbing somatic symptoms that are my most challenging and lingering type.
Be well. Be healthy. Be compassionate. Love yourself.
Death by misadventure?
Wild guess... the mouse that enjoyed eating my R&F Pigment Stick didn't known what she was getting into. I cant imagine this went well for her. That was a lot of oil paint.
The 3:30 Project's world traveler participant geta a layer of texture and mystery.