Every year, Thanks Giving marks the start of the joyous festive season for me. It’s a time to reflect on the year that has been, and to give thanks for all that we have learnt and received. I especially love this time of year because it’s a chance to come together (even virtually) and celebrate the year that has passed. And what a crazy, roller coaster of a year it has been!
It may sound odd to want to ‘celebrate’ 2020. With the pandemic, climate crises and political chaos, there has been a lot of fear, anxiety and stress. There’s no doubt, times are tough. But, you know me, I’m an optimist – I am forever seeking the joy and positivity in life. Through everything this year, I have witnessed acts of generosity and kindness. I have read stories of nature regenerating and skies clearing of pollution. I have been amazed by the human spirit, which fights and endures despite the challenges thrown at us. And that, my darlings, is absolutely worth celebrating.
When times are tough, it can be hard to see all the good stuff. But isn’t that also the most important time to recognise the positives? The best time to practice gratitude and appreciate what we have?
As I’m reviewing my recently completed artworks and reflecting on the tumultuous year, I relish in the calming embrace of my Queens. I am realising there is much to be grateful for.
I’m grateful for our cleaners, supermarket clerks, carers, scientists, nurses and doctors. Strong women leaders who led the pandemic response is what inspired me to paint an Urban Queen in the very beginning. They represent everyone who is working to keep us safe and society moving forward. Your selflessness and determination are an endless source of inspiration.
I’m grateful for my family. For their enduring support and patience as I pursue my dreams. Your unconditional love is a safety net from which I can leap forward into the unknown.
I’m grateful for my art community. Nothing I do would be possible without my collectors and followers. I’m humbled by the responses my art has received. The levels of interest and engagement has blown me away. Thanks to the FB follower who gave us the fantastic “Urban Queen” title. Thanks to many others all over the world who have contributed ideas, themes and names for our Queens. A big thank you to my collectors (new and old) who continue to support my work and believe in my artistic voice.
To celebrate Thanks Giving this year, I’m launching my latest collection on November 25. As a thank you to my collectors, every purchase made during this release will also receive something extra special… Be sure to keep an eye out on my social media for more details!
What are you most grateful for this festive season? How do you show your gratitude? By words, acts, or through art perhaps?
Gratitude can be shown in many ways. Banging pots and clapping on our front steps. A hug, a text or a handwritten card. Whether it’s a simple gesture or something big and expressive, the act of giving thanks just feels good. So have a wonderful Thanks Giving; be merry, be kind and be bright with gratitude.