brave, amazing yOu

A few weeks ago, my sister Julie put one of her clients (I’ll call her Robin) in touch with me. Robin had seen a piece of my art work hanging in Julie’s studio, and wanted to commission me to do a similar piece for her.

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Brave Heart 1 dOne fOr the Opening of julie’s studiO in 2012

After having a wonderful conversation with Robin to hear her preference of color and feel, I set off to my studio (currently our dining room table) to uncover some magic.

Blank, stark white canvases don’t scare me. I love the feeling of possibility, and it seems easy to trust my intuition.

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fun, fun, fun!

The middle is where I tend to get scared. It is there where doubt, judgement and big old mean critics creep in. Actually, they usually come storming in, weapons drawn and firing. Sometimes I’m able to head them off at the pass, but when I don’t, my playful, bright and creative artist self shuts down the second she hears those demons at the door.

Somewhere in this “middle waste zone” I quiet myself long enough to hear the gentle whispers of wisdom…

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There are so many wise people in the world, and thankfully they have posted their wisdom on Pinterest!

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This little bit of self-lOve usually brings me back to center. I remember that my primary goal is to have fun and allow myself to explore possibilities.  What’s funny is that once I embrace myself and know that I won’t abandon myself, most of the time the “middle danger zone” clears and I am able to arrive at a most wonderful result.

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So the day Robin’s brave heart was complete, I lovingly boxed it up and sent it to her.

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I love this part, too!

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And upon receiving her Brave Heart, Robin wrote, “I love my Brave Heart art work. It is perfect! Thank you!” I am always amazed at the results when I am able to let go of the outcome. I sure don’t come by it naturally, but I’m learning it is a much gentler and peaceful way to go.

brave heart 2

Brave Heart 2

So thank you, Julie, for putting your client in touch with me! I love celebrating our Brave Hearts! And please click here tO see what amazing and very cOOl things my sister, Julie Interrante, is dOing in SacramentO!

During this time of exploring what it means to be brave hearted, we in Arizona experienced a terrible tragedy. The Yarnell wildfire claimed 19 hotshot firefighters’ lives. The loss of so many brave young men reverberated through every city and left no heart untouched by sorrow.

I have cried and questioned and wondered why. I’ve felt angry at such a cruel turn of events. It is such a helpless place to be, and I can’t imagine the depth of distress in the hearts of the families and friends of these amazing men. So, we donate money, and buy raffle tickets, and hope they can feel our love from a distance.

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The flags in Arizona are still flying at half mast, as they are in our hearts.

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So today I honor all our Brave Hearts. It takes a Brave Heart to walk with fire, to feel loss, to get up in the morning, to take care of the kids, to protect ourselves, to protect others, to deal with illness, to face our fears, and to love.

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lOve, vickiO

10 comments

  1. Lisa M.

    Your best blog post to date! It holds so many important messages – the most important being that you shared your thoughts, your pain, your fears – but came out smiling on the other side when talking of the joy, the pride, the experience of seeing these projects through to fruition! Peace be with those brave firefighters and their amazing families!

  2. Julie Interrante

    Thanks, VickiO ttOrrieO! I have been meaning to ask you for the longest time how we get each other’s websites on our websites. Thanks for doing that. Let’s talk this week and I’ll get you on mine as well. Your art and heart are blooming like mad. I love you to pieces!

    • vickioart

      Thank you so much for visiting my website and for your lovely comment. Soul Restoration (www.bravegirlsclub.com) is quite amazing, isn’t it?! So glad you are a part of it, Ruth!

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