I sold my second painting at Trenton’s Art All Night, presented by ArtWorks! I also bought the most amazing painting, helping to make the circle of give and receive continue. I plan to write a separate post about that experience.
When my mom was diagnosed with Leukemia in October 2008, I started to use paint to express my grief. Although I went to Art School, I had never really let myself indulge in paints and canvases (with the exception of one time in drawing class, we were given a large sheet of paper (about 3 feet x 2 feet), black and white paint, 5 hours and all the teacher said was ,”GO!”). I finished the painting just before my mom died in June 2009 and painted here and there after that, but not very much.
In June 2010, I submitted that painting I started when my mom was diagnosed to Trenton’s Art All Night. It ended up selling to Michelle Knapik, the Environmental Program Director for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, even though I had submitted it very last minute and it had been placed in the darkest lit corner of the entire Roebling Building. She wrote a blog about her experience last year on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog called Art All Night Artists: A Collection of Fate & Firsts. Michelle Knapik changed my life. She changed the way I see my own art by valuing what I had made. This made me want to paint even more.