My art teacher and mentor from childhood is still someone I cherish daily. She lives an artful life with passion and verve and I tribute much of my work ethic to the example she set for me as a young artist. Painted canvas is typically reserved for high art pieces in a gallery but not for Sue Hand. This mini painting arrived in my mailbox and was signed with the words “painted for Kristy and Adam”. In that moment I felt understood. A simple gesture of artwork felt immensely grand and marked a moment I will forever remember. Holding the painted canvas in hand, feeling the texture and brushstroke and soaking in the warm, winter color crafted with me in mind; I felt loved.
It only takes a moment to make a memory. Your simplest gesture can change someone’s life, understanding, viewpoint or approach. Painting a personal canvas for many is not in the cards for most but we all have a talent, a secret power that we can share with our families, friends or even a stranger. Go make someone’s day.