My friend Rain's Thursday Art Date themes have finally pushed me
into attempting art, something I've been meaning to do forever,
In my past I dabbled with art, usually in a required course
or in demonstrating art projects I wanted my elementary students to do.
I could count on the fingers of one hand how many times
I've sat down and made something artistic for the sheer fun of it.
In the last two months or so, I've learned so much about art,
and my idea about what art is has expanded.
I'm learning from Rain and from the talented people
who participate in her Thursday art date.
This week's theme is Villains.
I only recently learned that all kinds of art stencils existed.
I knew there were stencils for letters and geometric shapes,
but there was a whole world of art stencils I knew nothing about.
So for Villains, I ordered some Halloween stencils from Amazon to try working with them.
I was excited to shuffle through my 28 stencils when my Amazon package arrived.
It took me about five seconds to realize that I wanted to create
a picture using bits of about fifteen stencils.
Six Stencils at Work
What I learned as I played with the stencils,
tracing the outlines, inking them, and coloring them,
was how relaxing the process was.
And I forgot about perfection! I just had fun.
It took me about five hours to complete my picture,
and when I was finished, I panicked.
I thought I had misspelled villain.
Even my super-speller-husband thought it was villian.
Fortunately, after a dinner break filled with imagining how to fix my drawing,
we checked the spelling again, and I breathed a sigh of relief: villain.
I'm quite pleased with my finished picture,
and I realized it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.
I relaxed and had fun creating something.
That's what counts!
I heard back from my doctor, and my tests confirmed I have Graves Disease.
It's a very good result, and one I can deal with.
After months of searching for an answer regarding my troubling symptoms,
it's a relief to have a diagnosis!
I'm feeling grateful and positive!
Stay happy and safe!