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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day 4 ART!

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Today I have a manicure for you showing my thankfulness for ART.

When my husband was diagnosed with cancer and we were spending 14 hour days at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, I couldn't even concentrate well enough to escape into a book. That was always my go-to for escaping and/or passing the time. I tried, but I was finding myself reading the same page over and over.

One day, I bought some pencils and a sketch pad and just started sketching. I'd always loved art, but didn't figure I had any talent for it. But I was desperate. Turns out, I was able to get a bit of relief from sketching.

After he passed away and I was left all alone, unable to concentrate enough to read or even watch TV, I bought some canvases on sale at Michaels and some cheap acrylic paints. It saved my sanity. Well, what little I had to begin with anyway.

So I am immensely thankful for art. It allowed me to escape into it when I needed. To release my rage, and tears and loss and regain a bit of happiness and beauty and the confidence that I could go on.


That is one of my favorite quotes: Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso

I haven't pursued a career in art of course, but I have sold quite a few paintings and had some hang in the Corpus Christi Art Center. They're all over my walls, too LOL! A few years ago, I thought I was moving and packed up all of my art supplies and canvases and stored them in a storage unit. I keep meaning to get them out, but every time I plan it, I think I'm moving again. Moving is top priority for me and I get my hopes up and then something doesn't work out. But I will eventually and I'll greet them like an old, well-loved friend.

In the mean time, I'm having fun trying to scale things down for nail art. I'm getting better but I have a long way to go.

For this mani, I used a base of Zoya Farah with Zoya Jana and Kiko 327 mixed in for the "splotches." The rest is acrylic paint.

Be sure and check out the great Thankfulness manis from the rest of the Digit-al Dozen crew in the links below.

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  1. Your art work is phenomenal! God bless your husband for helping you see that you have the gift to create beauty <3

  2. So sorry to hear about your husband. I'm glad you've found a solace in art tho! I love art too but you're much better than I am!

  3. Love the art, the story and YOU! <3

  4. this is so beautiful, my dear. I find relief in art, too

  5. Sorry for your loss. Such a touching post.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful post, thank you for sharing!

  7. I usually escape into music, but I know what you mean and I know what it means, escaping to go on. I'm really sorry for your loss Sheila. A big hug { }

  8. Beautiful manicure, dear, and the story behind it is touching. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I'm thankful that you found outlets to help you <3

  9. thats a really touching post and mani Sheila xxx


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