I have long been an admirer from afar of Michelle Wards Green Pepper Press Street Team. I don’t always get over to her blog to check out the challenges, but when I do I end up staying half of forever reading back posts. She has so many creative ways to stretch your artistic muscles that I always leave feeling renewed and wanting to try something new. But, until now, I have not ever ‘officially’ joined in a monthly challenge. While drinking my coffee this morning, I visited her blog to learn of her sisters passing. My heart goes out to Michelle and her family for their considerable loss. Michelle’s response to her grief is this Pay It Forward challenge. She is one amazing gal! Now I have done several PIF’s and RAK’s this past year, on a small scale. It feels so good to see a package go off, knowing it will make someone smile, and hearing back that it made a difference to that person is the best possible feeling! Today though, I would like to share a few RAK’s I have received from none other than my best friend, whom I happen to be married to. This is not to be all sappy and sweet. It is to share how the smallest of things can turn someones day around. We often overlook the people that are closest to us, taking them for granted, and if we just took that extra minute to do something unexpected for them, how much it would uplift them.
This is my latest 12×12 mixed media portrait. It is titled, “Take Care of the Sparrow”. My camera is not the greatest, so the depth of the background is hard to see. I think mommy needs a new digital camera for mother’s day-hint, hint! She has a nest in her hair (Michelle Ward stamp) complete with an egg. A little sparrow (transfered image courtesy of Dawn Edmondson) sits on her shoulder. Spring is in the air today, and it inspired me to finish this portrait. I even got to sit outside to do the shading. I was going for lighter springtime colors, which is a stretch for me since I loooove aging things. She is available for sale in my etsy store.