Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Counting Blessings

WIP of Trees

After posting yesterday's entry and having a good cry, I did feel better. 
Then I painted. As I was painting, I started to count my blessings.
That always helps put things into perspective.
First and foremost are my children, of course. They bring me more joy than just about anything.
Then I realized that through all the hard times, I was not truly alone.
Not only is God just a prayer away but he has sent so many wonderful people into my life.
I continue to be blessed with a wealth of friends and people that care.
They have uplifted and supported me in more ways than they will ever know.
Even your comments and many of your works of art give me encouragement.
So, thank you to all of you.
I love my students, my friends, and my followers. 
And yes, I still love being an artist. Even if it is hard.

The above painting is what I am currently working on.
It is of the forest close to my home in Vancouver.
There has been peace found in many of my walks through them.
They brought me peace again yesterday as I painted.


Susan Roux said...

HI. I just stopped in and read all the related posts to this one. It's very touching to hear your story. I too teach art as a means of helping bring in enough to live on. Sales alone don't cut it. But even at my low times, I have to say I'm also grateful for all my wonderful students. They help me keep things in perspective. They keep me grounded in the basics.

We all have low days. Don't be too hard on yourself. Smile and yes God will take care of you if you keep Him in your heart. Embrace being an artist! Hope you have a better day...

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you Susan. I do love being an artist and was surprised to discover all the joy that teaching brings.

jyothisethu said...

beautiful painting...
think one more tree would come to enhance the beauty...

Gillian Olson said...

Glad to hear you are more upbeat today. Love the way that forest scene is developing.

RH Carpenter said...

I want to commend you on your honesty in your last posts. We all have ups and downs and sometimes we don't want to share the downs because it may make us seem weak; I think being able to share those downs is a sign of strength - a way of saying, "This is me, warts and all." I hope you realize what a strong woman you are!

Sadami said...

What a nice post and a good ongoing work! Very important to have a "support system" and realize it. You'll get through tough time. Because now you have the healthy objective veiw of yourself, room to appreciate surroundings etc in a heart, life is under the CONTROL of you, not difficulties mess you up any more! Hurray!! God helps you, too. Take it easy and let us "enjoy" life! Go,Leslie, go!!
Warm cheers, Sadami

Meera Rao said...

Your paintings are exceptional!And your posts so very honest. I was reminded of this quote as I read your writings on being grateful :“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” ~Unknown

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words. I do have a huge support system and like I said, a wealth of friends and family who care.

Wendy Mould said...

Good recovery, and so true. Glad life is good again for you. Your picture is coming along well, our forests really are a lovely place to ease the mind.

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