Flashback Friday! Bringing back a piece from my past to share! This is an illustration that I painted in acrylics that was used for my wedding invitation, program, thank you notes, etc. This piece is proof that no one can accuse me of leaving off details. (Pun intended!)

Autumn leaf 1998
Autumn leaf, acrylic on board, 8″ X 10″, 1998. This was used on our wedding invitations, program, and thank you notes! Our wedding was on October 24, 1998.

Yesterday, my mom gave me a list she found on the internet called “10 Things Artists Should be Thankful For” by Sylvia White. I am linking to her blog post, so you can go check out her introduction to this list, to which any artist should be able to relate!

I am grateful that I can do what I love every day, and love what I do. When it really stinks, (and, truthfully, sometimes it does. Deadlines, compromise, criticism, exhaustion, mental blocks, money stress: these things are not fun.)  Despite all those obstacles, I am still blessed.

Here is the list!


  1. I am thankful that I am not one of the majority of people in this world that wakes up every morning, goes to a job they hate, just to come home and do it all over again.
  2. I am thankful that when I am away from my studio, my ideas come with me, they keep me company everywhere I go.
  3. I am thankful for this passion that gives me so much joy (and angst) but mostly joy.
  4. I am thankful that when I have left this earth, I will leave something meaningful behind.
  5. I am thankful that I have a mind that can not sleep, I will never be bored.
  6. I am thankful that there is a part of my life that nobody can control, except me.
  7. I am thankful that no one in the world can ever take this gift from me.
  8. I am thankful that I am brave, it takes courage to pursue my gift.
  9. I am thankful that I am never satisfied, it forces me to move forward and grow.
  10. I am thankful I discovered this list!  Pass it on.

{Go ahead, I did! Thank you, Sylvia!}