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Brenè Brown’s podcast “Unlocking Us” will also remind me of the Pandemic. I listened to the very first one as I sat at my kitchen table trying to gather the courage to paint live on Instagram for the first time. I couldn’t believe how fitting her first episode was. It was titled “Brenè on FFTs”. For those of you who haven’t listened FFT stands for “effing first times”.  I was about to make myself vulnerable in a way that I never had before. 

Ordinarily when I begin an original painting I don’t have a concept. I just start. This time I had a plan. I wanted to work on a series about “life lessons” & the first life lesson I wanted to focus on was Vulnerability.

As I painted layer after layer I talked through my steps & decisions.  In all, I think I went live with this painting three times. It is hard to verbalize intuitive painting. Why I’m making the decisions I am making? I guess that’s why it has always been difficult to explain my work. It’s about a feeling, and my hope is that I am able to communicate that emotion through my art.

So a huge shout out to Brenè & her podcast for for being a voice of reason for me during this crazy time, and thank you to her for the kick in the stretchy quarantine pants that I needed to make myself vulnerable.

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