I just returned from a working cruise trip with McCall’s Quilting, teaching quilters about design and how to make an art quilt. Though a wonderful experience, I was a little concerned about leaving home with my dad recovering in a nursing home, after trying times of his illness over the holidays. (He’s doing better now.)
I like history, and also family history. It is good knowing a little about one’s roots and how we fit into the world. This is a visual of my roots and family spread around the nation and world. I went to Italy once as a college student, and hope to go back and see where my grandparents’ generation lived.
My mother, Ann was an artistic type. I love seeing her college drawings, and enjoyed all of her sewing and embroidery activities we witnessed and shared with her, growing up. Dad was an engineer and had a woodshop in the basement for home construction work. It was a family that made things. Creativity was encouraged and understood, lucky me!
When I made this ink drawing, Bread of Life, I was a young woman studying art, looking for some meaning and purpose for my work. Nothing has changed! I still think about this. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
If we are hungering for meaning and purpose in our art work, is it something more we are looking for as well?
Dad is looking well here, with my amazingly talented musician brother Bob Gillis who is his major caretaker. Bob has been able to juggle his music career, and teaching with taking care of our folks in their elder years. Our sweet mom passed away about 3 years ago.
This pic of my dad Bob explains a lot about how we were raised as kids. Joi de vivre, the joy of life.
I always like this mixed media digital print I made after our visiting Arizona where Rob and I went for our honeymoon, and then after when we took our 2 daughters there for family vacation time. Is it enough to try to present art to people and express the joy of life? Will such an art make a difference in the world or is there more an artist should seek to do?
I’m by no means thinking I’m in the sunset years. I have a long way to go, and believe I’ve only just begun to create art work that I might find riveting and exciting to pursue. Yet I have begun to think about the whole of our lives, and what I want to contribute to others. If it is pressing on my mind, it must be something to pay attention to.
What do you think? Does anyone wonder about these questions of making some kind of contribution, like our parents did?
Do you have a life outside of your art work mainly devoted to others? Just wondering…