A friend recently asked me when it was I first realized
that I could paint. I told her that I have been blessed to have
been surrounded by creativity all of my life. "All I know is
that I come from a long line of extremely talented women; all of
whom I pale by comparison."
There was my maternal grandmother, who tended the most
enchanting flower garden a child has ever seen. I remember the
dahlias and gladiolas that towered over my head as I toddled up
the path to my "Grandma". But as a little girl, the best things
to me were the paper dolls she crafted while I sat in her lap. I
remember the way her scissors moved and how thrilled I was when
her creation finally unfolded.
Another influence on my life was my paternal grandmother who
designed the most beautiful quilts, all by hand. She chose the
perfect color combinations and the prettiest little floral
materials to set off her designs. She used the teeniest
stitches, not the basting stitches you see on many quilts today.
Hers were truly museum quality.
And there is my own mother who used to draw my portrait while I
slept. (I wouldn't sit still long enough while awake) She, too,
is a seamstress who would just as soon tackle making a wedding
gown as making the bed skirts and curtains for her great-grand
About 20 years ago I read a book by Edith Schaeffer, wife of the
late Christian philosopher, Francis Schaeffer, entitled
Hidden Art. In it, Mrs. Schaeffer talks about the fact we
are all made in the image of God. God made us like HIM...the
CREATOR. If that be true, and I believe it is, then, there is in
each of us a seed of creativity. For some of us it may be
cooking a gourmet meal, writing a poem, composing music,
arranging a bouquet of flowers, or growing a vegetable garden.
It could be designing a faster race car, discovering a cure for
cancer, or designing a web site. I believe we all have a
creative seed in us waiting to be discovered and to be used. I
also believe our well being depends on us finding our talent(s)
and expressing them.
My answer to my friend was simply that since I was a little
girl, I have been surrounded by talented people. I have always
known that there is a seed of an artist in me. I don't have the
patience to sit and sew little bitty stitches all day and I am
still working on my green thumb. But, I do love to paint and
have been doing so for over 25 years.