I almost titled this “two years in” as a follow up and continuing from “One Year On“. What the title of this post will be at time of hitting publish, I don’t know. Hope you like it just the same.
I am proud that despite needing some time off, overall, I have blogged for you more regularly. I am happy to share, and even more happy you enjoy; and that these posts provide a moment of joy, support, beauty; whatever you need of it, I am glad we are hear together.
I live with a rare disease. I am proud the disease is stabilizing, and my family and I have settled into a pretty darn good place of adapting. This means life for everyone improves.
I am proud to have new friends from Microsoft. I had a blast with a crew coming out twice to my studio. and if you have seen what shown at their launch, here it is and know that there is another video to come in which my husband is writing the music for.
Beyond my wildest dreams never would I have thought I, Connie, lover of all things dirt, earth, and graphite, would evolve into a full-time digital artist. Loving the freedom, discovery; pushing the boundaries of digital art; and I am just getting started.
I am proud of my relationship with dk Gallery. A beautiful group of artists, and Donna and her team truly seek the best for their represented artists.
I am proud of my growing relationship with my tribe at PoetsArtists. Didi Menendez is a dynamic force, and also truly represents and seeks the best for this talented bunch of artists and poets. I look forward to 2020 and beyond.
I am proud to breathe, to smile, and my walkabout down Rebels Creek Road saying hello to my neighbors. How fun it is to feel the wind and the sun; to hear the creek and the birds, to watch the deer before me, and the random creatures and plant life all around me.
I am proud to ask for help; add to the arsenal of adaptive equipment and techniques to help life in its living. I am proud to take time for myself, and meet my needs, so life keeps living.
I am proud to be in awe of the sunrise, and equally in awe of the tears of grief, frustration, and fear. I am proud of the good days as equally of the bad days. Because I get to have days. How cool is that. They are my days that I get to love my family and my friends; new and old. Nothing could be more beautiful.
I am proud I live with this disease. Not overcoming, running away, defy odds or funny colored glasses.
Well, maybe I do live with rosy glasses, but I believe they are rosy because I just live. I don’t make them rosy. I don’t place false hope or place more worth in how I live. I believe they are rosy because its truth, and nothing else. I practice life. and in that, smiles abound through the all of it.
I am proud to finally be able to describe myself as tenacious, happy, motivated, and joyous without qualifiers like vanity and narcissism. I am equally proud to describe myself as anxious, fearful, doubtful, and confused without qualifiers like less-than and broken.
I am not broken. I am Connie Karleta Sales, passionate about art and life and opportunity to share.
And that, my friends, is the focus of 2020. Are you ready? Hold on tight, its bound to be a fun-wild-ride!
paint much love, always,
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower
*Feature Image: Quiet of a Winter Lent II,
digital drawing, paper on wood panel, 4″ x 4″ x 7/8″,
available through dk Gallery
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