As the summer continues on, so does the fight against racial injustice. Yes, this is a newsletter about art and painting, but also about how we can use this medium to educate and better ourselves! If you have been following the news, you will see alongside the tragic stories of black lives lost, the use of art to express the feelings of sadness and hope all over the world. Art can heal us, connect us, and encourage us.
I will continue to donate 100% of card sales to the ACLU, and will also be donating 50% of ALL sales in the shop to Black Lives Matter. Check out their website to see all the amazing work they are doing and educational sources they have to offer as well as additional sources on how you can support the movement in my SHOP.
I am honored to be able to use my work to help fund these organizations that are making a difference, but also want to recognize that we as people need to embrace and love everyone around us and fight for equality. I create because it brings me a sense joy that I believe everyone has the right to, and it allows me to share that joy with you all. Let's stay in this together and fight the good fight for those who have not be able to do it for themselves.
I want to share a new word that I recently learned and hope you find it as profound as I do.
SONDER: The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it.
It's been so nice to get back to some sense of "normal" teaching Plein Air painting class with Breckenridge Creative Arts and the having the opportunity to paint a mural for Walkable Main in town. The south end of main street Breckenridge is now blocked by three Floral barriers that I painted! For more images of the barriers check out my MURALS page, and for more info on painting classes, check out the schedule with Breck Create HERE.