Today was such a great day – starting with a birthday party for my youngest collector who is now eight years old, to the fabulous formal gala thrown by my mentors to celebrate the graduation of another cohort of Escapist artists! It occurred to me this afternoon, while I was painting carousel horses, that I truly live a charmed life. It’s amazing that I get to do what I do and have this much fun every day! And I’m so thankful to my mentors for teaching me the business skills I need in order to thrive, and to all the collectors who have supported me! I was so excited to be at the gala, this year as a guest. My top collectors had the VIP table, which was unbelievably special, and they invited me and my friend to sit with them. It was very exciting and very special, and there was a wonderful surprise for me when I got to the table: Alexander Ross, the vintage carousel horse, was the centerpiece! I was so happy that John put him there for me to enjoy, it made me feel very special.
I did it! I drove down to Galveston to see the statue of Mary Star of the Sea. It was so lovely! She was indeed waiting for me in the church parking lot, and there were two people there to watch for her safety (along with a sign saying “do not hold onto or grab the hands”). They gave me all sorts of useful information. Here’s what I learned: She was added to the church later, so she’s only been up there since 1878 (the Basilica dates from 1848). She was made in France and weighs 3,000 tons. The day she was supposed to go up to her place on top of the spire was a very windy day and people were concerned it would be impossible to get her up there (even nowadays it’s quite difficult, involves plenty of insulation and a crane that costs $3,000 a day). Despite the stormy weather, in 1878, people believed that if she wanted to get up there, she would. And she did!
Also, she is standing on a serpent, to show her victory over evil. It will take about two months to restore her and we might get to visit her again at that point or not. After all, the crane is expensive and she might want to get back up there as soon as she can.
Needless to say, this was all very satisfactory information and I enjoyed seeing her up close immensely. She looks very happy and peaceful and I think she liked seeing me too.
Afterwards I went to Maceo’s and ate a very good sandwich. Ronnie then fed me a pumpkin cannoli, which was amazing, and a very good espresso. It was so good seeing him! It’d been too long.
Then my friend and I loaded the carousel horses into my car and I drove them home to Houston. I’m absolutely thrilled to have them back. I’d missed them so very much!
Today I painted a white pelican. I also applied Alexander Ross, the carousel horsie onto a wooden panel with a background painted the color of John’s walls. I edited some more of the Galveston ghost story, made turkey meatballs, did laundry, listened to an audiobook. It was a rather uneventful day, and I allowed myself to take it easy. Tomorrow I’ll make sure to go to the gym!
Today I started advertising my new show, which is called The Blue Sea. I also painted this tiny little vintage carousel horse I’m obsessed with. John actually has a little horsie like that in his gallery and I kind of want to steal it. It’s like the cutest thing ever!
Not much else going on except I got back to my routine today – writing in the morning, working out, healthy meals at home, and a long walk at sunset when the insects are buzzing in the trees. I like all that, and it keeps me really busy. I feel like days are going by real fast and sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m getting away with this, that this is what I do now, that tomorrow I get to get up and do the same!