Joy is my second word for 2010. I've allowed Joy to take a hiatus since Oct. 17th, the day of the stroke that struck my guy. My grandsons, Jack and Matthew, brought joy back into my life a little at a time until it started bubbling up again. I'm more determined to en-joy something every day. Jack and Matthew have that marvelous gift that children have of enjoying moments of "pretend play" that adults have lost over the years of dealing with life. Watching them play for three days while they were here for Christmas was a gift.
I'm reminded of the phrase, "Fake it until it becomes reality," or something like that. Rather than faking joy all it takes is one small thing each day to make a difference, mentally, on how a day will take shape. This morning it was sitting on the patio with a mug of cafe mocha, two newspapers, and being warmed by the sun; it's about 75 degrees here in the desert today. This afternoon it was once again retreating to the backyard, this time in the shade of a Bottle tree, with my lunch of Quesadillas at my side and Sue Grafton's latest novel in my hands. Yummy!
Components: 5x7 inch wrap canvas textured with gesso. Coffee stained before writing Joy with black acrylic paint. I'm not sure this piece is done, but I don't feel compelled to add color, yet.
Quote by Sally Huss again. At the end of the day it is friends who make the day. Thank you my friends, especially Christina for the word "Joy."