I came to Texas on a dream - which is what the future always is - unknown, a vision, a hope. In many ways it has flourished - creatively it's been and continues to be a richly productive reality. But there was another, romantic dream - the possibility of a shared life that brought me here - that has ended.
It's moments like these when life gets really interesting - when the dream that got you so far ends and you find yourself standing in a new, dreamless place asking, "Why am I here?" And maybe that's when another kind of courage must rise. The courage to open up... to new dreams.
I invite you to join me by helping title this poignant painting - that way we can share in this together:
What do you see?
I see dreams, and wishing on a star; the rich foliage of New Braunfels, Texas against the night sky; dandelions.
To me they have always represented loving prayers carried off by the wind; seeds scattered; the ephemeral beauty of life.
After some research I discovered that the name actually means "lion's tooth" in French, and they represent courage, pride, connection and family.
In a way, so perfect.
Perhaps it foretold all...
It began during the quick visit in April when I discovered my heart wanted to be here, that it was time to give both my long-distance relationship and visual art consistent focus. It was the first painting I completed upon my return in May.
Perhaps it's still unfolding...
Please send me your title suggestions for this painting - that this story of heart courage, of big leaps, of dreams, of this piece - may become our story.