Friday, June 23, 2006
Studio Friday - Family
Today Studio Friday's theme is "Family". Family history as things that have been passed down from one family member to the next really hasn't happened in our family. My parents are both first generation Americans and there was little to "pass down". I have one item that my Dad gave to me - an old high chair that my sisters and I all sat in when we were small. He repainted it and gave it to me for my art room. He passed down more than just a chair that we remember from when we were little. He passed down to me his faith in my abilities. The best part of my abilities come from both of my parents. They both are/were perfectionists wanting to do the best they could. My Mom is a wonderfully sketcher - but she won't admit to it. She said she wished she had become a writer. My Dad could remake, fix, or create just about anything. I wish more of his talent rubbed off on me - especially the fixing part! In their encouraging ways they fostered a sense of adventure in me and a desire to try without regard to failure. This is one of my "secret" weapons and lies at the base of my successes in life. So the most precious things in my studio passed down to me are these "un-see-able" gifts that are key in my growth and my never ending sense of wonder with the world.