Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

I don’t know if anyone reading this is old enough to remember the original Doublemint twins and their lilting, happy song.

I am old enough to remember this little advertising jingle from the 1950s and 1960s, and I’ve been singing that song all morning. Oh, by the way, you’re reading this on Friday, but I’m writing it on Wednesday.

The annual HFAA Members Art Show opened on Monday. The judge came by on Tuesday, and today I stopped by the show.

Now, last year, I didn’t cry when I won my first art award. At the time, I was too stunned, and part of me thought it was probably all a mistake and I shouldn’t really get too excited. It was only when I picked my paintings up from the exhibit, looked at the ribbon and saw that it actually had my name on it that I really believed it was true. I almost cried then.

Today, I did cry when I realized that although my artwork didn’t place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the show, two of the three paintings I entered received merit awards.

Somehow I kept from crying at the exhibit, but once I got outside, the tears of joy came. I couldn’t wait to text my honey bunny husband and say “Your artist wife just won two ribbons.”

I’ve been proud of myself lately for the improvements I’ve made in my drawing, and today is another reaffirmation that all the time and effort I’ve put into learning art has, indeed, been worth it. It gives me renewed hope that someday my work might be good enough to actually place in an art show.

I also realized today how much a part of my life my art has become. I visited the art show about 9:00 AM. Afterward, I made at stop at Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. That involved a stroll down the art supply aisle for a new pad of drawing paper. As I stood there with the paper in my hand, my phone rang. It was Gloria from the Pleasant Hill Art Club asking if I had an email address so she could send the club newsletter instead of mailing it. I’d no sooner hung up from that call when my phone rang again. This time it was Patsy from the HFAA club congratulating me on my ribbons and asking about the workshop I attended on Tuesday. Next came a congratulatory text from my husband.

Yes, art is a big part of my life now. My calendar is filled with art events, and I’m spending time at my drawing table every day. I’m exploring new forms of creative expression, and I’m seeing myself as a real artist. I might not have the talent other artists possess, but my determination to learn has made me an artist whose work has some merit, at least.

I’m happy. In fact, I’m doubly happy today.

Oh, what paintings received those ribbons? My painting of Storm Clouds Gathering earned its second award, and The Grove Where We Played as Children picked up its first.

Here are my paintings along with a few others from the show:

It felt so good to see those ribbons hanging beside my paintings. Soon they will be hanging here on the wall of my little art room, inspiring me each and every day.

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