Monday, September 17, 2007

The Tangerines Flew and the Boy Dreamt

I attended Balance 4 Kids' annual fundraiser, Bids for Kids II and had a delightful time. Robert Strong, "The Comedy Magician," performed a hilarious show and was an excellent auctioneer. I'm looking for photos from the event so I can post them here and share them with you!

Besides being honored as the featured artist, with my painting used on the invitations and event guides, Vicky George (one of Balance 4 Kids' founders) let me know that the entire program's design was inspired and based off of my painting, Flying Tangerines with the Stars as Blossoms! Although she claims the pleasure was all hers, I have to say, this is one of the highest compliments I've ever received for my art.

I have to confess, it's taken me a while to conclude that art matters in the world. Perhaps a funny thing for an artist to say, but I was raised a pragmatist and, not unlike so many other squelched artists, was told that art wasn't important and that I had better do something useful or practical if I planned on surviving.

I'm so glad I'm over that. It's high time I get unreasonable and impractical, especially if that means being true to myself and what I wish to share with the world. (I'm no longer under the illusion that I can change the world, but I certainly can make my offering to it.) I highly recommend it. Besides, being reasonable and practical hasn't gotten me where I want to be (although I think hitting rock bottom is a blessing of which almost everyone could benefit).

This isn't to say we should all quit our jobs or abandon the people who need us--but like the ants in the fable, preparing for a change of season is in our best interest.

Lastly, I'm looking forward to a special charity auction for Balance 4 Kids on eBay. It will be with a highly limited edition print of a painting--to be revealed later.

Keep your eye on Insight!

Take care,

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