Upon writing this blog post, I did a lot of reflection about the last 9 years and how my artwork, career, vision and mentality have evolved and I can honestly say that IDS Vancouver has played one of the biggest roles that has gotten me where I am today. The show encompasses beauty and design coupled with innovativeness and ingenuity. But the words I think of most when I think of IDS Vancouver are friendship and support. They continue to to believe in my work and every year my career propels in new and exciting directions.
Over the last three years, I have had over a thousand people through my studio and I can honestly say, every class is a magical two hours. My philosophy with Paint with Donna has always been, anyone can be creative and creativity should be fun (Did I mention that I encourage wine to be brought to each class?? That always helps with the jitters). And the best thing about my class is that there is no pressure to have the painting look like “something.” We are painting abstract!
Everyone has the opportunity to choose this path, but not every one does. For what ever reason, (combination of luck and hard work), I was given the clarity that this is what I wanted to do and I did what I needed to do to make it work. And every day I am grateful and present to the fact that I am living my dream.
I often hear other artists complaining about the guilt they have when they take time away from their art. I am not going to lie, I too have had these feelings of guilt when I am sitting on a patio in Argentina drinking a spectacular Malbec rather than sweating away in the studio. But then I have to remind myself about the power of taking a break.