My parents have been married for 40 years this last April. This is my favorite picture of my mom.
|me, 1988...I officially have embarrassing photo on internet ;)|
And in 2012 I am still having wild ideas and calling her about them. I called her at least 6 times this last week about my booth for this coming Saturday, just to babble about sheets and walls and lights. Yes most of it I do now on my own, but the fact she is there, sometimes to "just smile and nod" at my quirks and acknowledge that I am not going completely nuts is all I need to continue. Since I don't leave my studio much except for business-related tasks because I paint a LOT, she is usually the first person to hear my good news, my bad news, and my crises, if they warrant a vent or a crying shoulder or a celebratory share. And for that she also happens to have the patience of a saint, perhaps from sewing that dinosaur costume. All this while being a career woman with the state of Oklahoma in a mother-like role of finding others jobs and maintaining her marriage to my dad. I would like to think that because she is a strong woman she has influenced my art, and I know some of her aesthetic exists in a few of the pieces, particularly artwork with floral motifs.
|Secret Garden by Amanda Christine Shelton, 6x9 watercolor on tea-stained paper|