Friday, January 22, 2021


 My friend, Brita, sent me a link to this artist's website and I HAVE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.

If you're not a fan of colour then her art probably won't impact you, but whoa. I love it. Like alot. 

No way I could afford one of her originals, but I think I'd like to have a big piece of colourful art in my new place. 

Her story, in her words, from her Facebook page:

A few things you might not know about me. My name is pronounced "Why Anne". 

I've been a full time artist for almost 30 years. ðŸ˜¬ I did go to art school, but studied photography. I worked as a professional photographer for a few years. I started painting but never showed my work. I owned 2 art galleries, and thought I was better at mentoring artists than creating my own art. 

Then the Internet came along. We were selling more art on the internet than we did through the gallery. I gradually got the courage to start selling my own work online, and closed the galleries. In 2005 I offered my first online class. And have been doing classes online ever since. I licensed my artwork for products and home decor. On the outside, it seemed that I had a great life and career. But, deep down, I wasn't happy. 

At the end of 2013 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer of the tongue. In January 2014 they removed my entire tongue and 69 lymph nodes from my neck and shoulders. Nine of those tested positive for cancer. They took skin grafts from my non-painting arm and thigh to cover the hole where my tongue once was. They gave me a trach to help me breathe, and a stomach feeding tube. I spent a couple of weeks in the hospital. In the last days there, and I was able to paint. At the time I could only paint blobs of color. But, they were so beautiful to me. I had horrific radiation & chemo for months afterwards. I wasn't allowed to try to talk for 6 months until they finally took the trach out. It took almost a year before I started to feel strong enough to do more than lay on the couch. 

I started painting again from a small home studio, The following year, when I got my all clear cancer scan... I decided to start painting BIG. I had always wanted to since I was a little girl, but had been too scared to try. I got a big studio to pursue that dream. It was a huge step for me because I wasn't sure that I'd be able to communicate with people, and had a permanent stomach feeding tube. I found the more I tried to talk the better I became at it. My speech won't ever be perfect, but I'm here 6 1/2 years later... cancer free. I'm living my dream and have never been happier. ðŸ™❤️🎨💖😊 

She offers online courses (some of her older classes are free).

I'm just, like, in awe. 

Check out her website here.

Three things I'm thankful for:

1. Art and artists and colours and texture

2. Starry nights. Oh my goodness. Have you looked up lately? It's so clear and beautiful. 

3. Friends who love books. I asked September and Sheri to recommend some non-fiction titles for me to read this year. Thought I'd share the list in case anyone else is interested in stretching their brain in the next 12 months:

Stay safe, take care,

Be 2.0 by Jim Collins
Beyond Words by Carl Safina
When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
The Relationship Cure by John Gottman
First We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
Attachments by Clinton and Sibcy
Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
How to Fail by Elizabeth Day
Any books written by Mary Roach
Any books written by Atul Gwande
Bad Blood by John Carreyou
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
On Writing by Stephen King
Quiet by Susan Cain
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp
Resilient Ministry by Burns, CHapman and Guthrie
Daring Greatly - or really anything by Brene Brown
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari
Grit by Angela Duckworth
A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser
Extreme Ownership by Willink and Babin
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Happiness by Heather Harpham
Word by Word by Kory Stamper
Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O'Connell

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