My husband is leaving this morning for the Theater Communications Group convention in San Diego. This is a huge deal for John, who has been working diligently on his 4th play , and who has many irons in the fire in terms of networking and production. I am feeling anxious, as his heart has been giving him problems lately. His coloring is bad. He is short of breath, and I’m worried…but far be it from me to ask him to refrain from doing what he loves to do. I’m happy that he is happy. He leaves with high hopes, while I have full confidence that he will come home with either a deal, or firm leads toward a production deal. The reviews of his work have been quite promising, thus far….so we’ll see….
So, apart from cleaning our home from top to bottom in preparation for the arrival of a guest, I was thinking that I should plan to get down to my studio and start to work on some of the guitar installation that I want to do. However, when my friend, Kim Larson, posted the picture (above) of the beautiful mosaic that she created for the 2014 Doctors Without Borders auction, I felt a wee twang of …I don’t know….something…over having been left out this year. I wrote to Lin Schorr, the woman that coordinates the event and asked, “Has my past work not been up to par?” Why wasn’t I asked to participate this year?
I have been so busy, and this is the first extended break from school that I’ve had since I started my masters program. I have literally been working from 10-18 hours a day on some days. Really working HARD, between work and school. Now that I have a break, I really want a constructive project that I can sink my teeth into. She wrote back to tell me that, of course, I wasn’t left out! I AM on the list and my piece is due on August 1! So now I’m in panic mode. As soon as I get back from driving John to the airport, I shall begin to design something. These pieces are small…only 10″ x 10″ and this year, we can do whatever we want…so I might do a 3-d object, or I might just stick with a flat piece. We’ll see. I am very happy about the prospect of again creating something that will benefit others in a charity auction. This is how I roll. When I experience something stressful, as I am experiencing at this time in my life for a number of reasons, the best way to handle it is to do something for someone else. Since Kim did a butterfly, I don’t think I’ll make one of my own butterflies. (below) Mine pale in comparison….not that it is a competition, but I think I should come up with a different design.
For those that aren’t familiar, Doctors Without Borders delivers independent emergency medical care to victims of armed conflict. They administer relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters and they fight deadly epidemics in over 70 countries around the world. Whenever I start to become self-absorbed over some problem that is occurring in my life, I consider those who have it much worse than I do…and I reach out to help. It is a humbling experience, something that makes me feel proud.
Lin Schorr has coordinated a large group of international artists that create and donate our work that will be shown at the Northville Art House, 215 W. Cody in Northville, Mi. from November 7 – December 6. There is also an online auction at BiddingForGood.com where our pieces will be auctioned off during the last two weeks of the exhibit.
I am so proud to be a part of this project and to have been a part of other projects that Lin has put together for charity. I find that when I am going through stressful times (as I am right now), doing something for someone less fortunate always gets me back on track.
So now…it’s off to the airport….then back to the drawing board! I’ll have to come up with something cool and unique this year. I’m ready.