We here at The Scholastic Scribe are all about inclusiveness. About the give-and-take. The ying and the yang. The applause for a Job Well Done.
Seems that Mrs. Scribe launched herself into another dimension, if not quite a galaxy, yesterday. Your Humble Scribe won a bloggy giveaway. And the reward is more than this modest high school teacher can fathom.
Mrs. Scribe has mentioned her friend Lynda before. She's shared Lynda's Journey with her readers. She's commiserated with Lynda, the Boss at Art on a Limb, over family & workplace faux pas. And she's admired Lynda's artistic gift.
Lynda sponsored a giveaway a couple of weeks ago. And the prize was not a Gift Card to Tar-jay, nor a couple million Etsy Points. Lynda offered a gift of herself~an original piece of art. Entitled, "One Spirit," she modestly points out that this painting "created itself."
The Artist Currently Known as Lynda explains her creative muses:
"I have not always been an artist," Lynda wrote to Mrs. Scribe in a poetic e-mail yesterday, "but have always loved drawing. I started doing this work about 9 years ago. It just happened. I am reluctant to call myself an 'artist,' as I haven't had any formal training at all."
"I wouldn't say I have any particular influence in the art world," Lynda says. "I like a number of artists, especially the Impressionists~Renoir in particular~but my work is nothing similar. I don't think I could do anything other than what I do. I am sure you feel the same way about your writing~it just flows through you. Maybe you don't, but that's how art works for me...it comes when it comes. And it ends up being what it is on its own. All I know is almost everything I do will be of a person~usually a face."
Lynda is not a professional; she doesn't generate cash for her efforts, but rather a creative pride. "I don't sell my work nor have I exhibited. The whole process has been very private for me. I feel like each piece is part of who I am or who I was in that moment and I am not sure I want people looking at it...I know that my work is 'different' and it's hard to share 'different' with others."
Thanks for sharing, Lynda. And thanks so much for the gifts of friendship & creativity. With this post, we'd like to share "One Spirit" with everyone it touches.