My sister had an October birthday this week and I had promised to make her a book. She was probably thinking a "blank" book for journaling. I was thinking of one to hold family memories and that "surprise" will be waiting for her next year!
While going through a storage box in the attic for very specific ephemera, I came across a box that I had painted with Gretchen Cagle when I lived in Oklahoma. I surprised myself by finding this box because I had either sold, given away, or donated all my tole painting projects! Once the box was spotted (even though I had good intentions of making a special book for my sister) my entire focus changed.
Now, I want to write a bit about Gretchen. She was without a doubt the most influential teacher I have ever had in my life!!! It's better late than never as I was in my 40's. Her mantra was "I will teach you art principals and you can take this information and apply it to any medium". So very true - as I am now a mixed-media artist and I have taken what she has taught me and applied it to my paper arts and beyond. A big shout-out to Gretchen - Thank you!!!