When you take one step toward the rest of your life, the Universe seems to usher in a whole series of things to support it.
When Art Speaks
There’s this woman and she’s been in my world for a little while. I have watched her from afar and have admired her ability to take a smattering of objects – paint brushes, calligraphy pens, acrylic paint, watercolors – and turn them into things of beauty. This woman has been someone that I’ve been drawn to. Her energy is vibrant and bright and she’s incredibly supportive and positive.
She and I are friends through social media, the way that I am connected to many people in my life, and I often scroll through her Facebook feed to see what she’s creating and what beauty she’s managed to capture on canvas or paper. More often than not, I find myself taking pause when I look at her work. It speaks to me because her energy flies off the page or the canvas or whatever medium she’s working with. I can feel the vibrancy in every brush stroke.
Joanne Lauzon has never sold an acrylic piece before. It’s not because her artwork isn’t good, it’s beautiful, but it’s because she’s always been a doodler. She focused her efforts on custom watercolor illustrations of houses, hand lettering and commissioned work. She never forayed into the direction of acrylics-for-sale because she didn’t consider herself an artist, in that way, until the last few years. Now, she’s stepping into that light in a big way and being brave and vulnerable and sharing her artwork (including the work in progress pieces!) on social media and it is so lovely to witness.
As I was scrolling through my feed tonight, another of her pieces popped into my feed. This time it was a beautiful acrylic painting with gorgeous hues and soft, detailed flowers and I knew that I had to have it. It was a particularly well-timed thing to pop into my feed as I had just experienced a shift in my personal life that meant that huge change was afoot.
Separate But Still Together
A few moments before seeing the artwork in my feed, I was texting with my ex, who I am still sharing a home with, and he was telling me that he found a fantastic house, right around the corner from mine, and that he was planning on moving out June 1st. The home we shared would remain my home, at least for now, and I felt myself getting excited about the possibilities of a space that reflected the change. A space that felt fluid and open to all future possibilities.
We have been separated just over a year now but have been co-parenting and living together the entire time and it’s been near perfection for us.
Although we’ve had our moments, this past year was better than the last year of our marriage. We worked together to raise our beautiful and bright daughter and we worked together on some common goals: ridding ourselves of any remaining debt, setting up a good plan for the future and coming up with some agreements that will work for us as we move into this next phase. We’ve held tight to the things that we promised ourselves we’d hold onto: trust, love, respect and friendship.
Our relationship has been anything but traditional but we kept the most important thing at the heart of it all: Willow. She has been virtually unaffected by our decision to disengage romantically. Her life has looked no different over the past year and we will continue to shower her (and each other) with love and support and make sure that she feels adored at every step of the way. The truth is, it’s not a hard thing for either of us (the adults) to do. We really do care for each other and truly want the best for each other.
Back to the H’Art*
So, back to the art.
As I’m reading these text messages from my ex and I’m feeling so much happiness for him and the excitement that surrounds this big step, I see one of Joanne’s art pieces pop up in my feed. It’s gorgeous, vibrant, has depth and it is so fresh and light and Spring-like. I had an instant hit when I saw it and I knew that I needed to have it in my home. I reached out to her and told her that I needed to have it and we completed the sale.
It would appear that Spring seems to bring forth many a transition.
My plan is to hang the art in Willow’s room to shower her with the energy that leaps off of the art piece. I want to use it as a focal point to redecorate her room (or, decorate – we never actually did as she’s slept in my bed since birth) and begin to create a space for her that is truly hers so she feels supported and cozy and nestled here at home, even as we go through this big transition over the next two months.
I’m excited. Big steps, first art purchase for the home that will be mine and Willow’s (with my ex welcome any time) and Spring.
I’m ready for it all and I’m breathing so much gratitude and love into the life that we have created and the life that I have ahead of me.
* Shout out to my beautiful friend Kate Durie for the inspiration to use h’art… She is an incredible human being and also a creative and talented artist.