When SUSAN KIBBE, the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA), invited me to exhibit some of my art work at the 13th Annual Meeting and Fundraiser event, I was immediately fascinated by the name of the organization. The name told me that this group is regional, purposeful, collaborative, but what really stood out was the possessive word TEXANS’ indicating that this group belongs to the people it serves.Read More
Here's how the Urban Dictionary defines Twitterpated
1. To be completely enamored with someone/something
2. The flighty exciting feeling you get when you think about/see the object of your affection
Okay, I admit it. Yes, I am totally, hopelessly "twitterpated" when it comes to anything and everything that has something to do with painting. It is truly magical to look at the world with the eyes of an artist and once I started developing an artist's eye, I began seeing painting opportunities everywhere. So, I am never bored. What color is this? What shape is that? Could I make it interesting? All of these questions, and more, spin in my head all the time.
Even my friends and family are becoming "twitterpated" about art. Well, maybe not to the degree that I am, but they will text me photographs of things that they see that might be painting ideas. It's really great when some of my husband's hunting buddies send me photos of dogs in the field and tell me to "look at that light." My husband will drive out of the way for miles to show me an old mission church or waterfall. My kids and grandkids laughingly tell me they "squint" to see the lights and darks around them.
Creating and viewing art is a shared experience. I do get a flighty, excited feeling every time I step to the easel to paint, but being twitterpated, for me, extends to each of you who share your painting ideas with me or who have a piece of my art hanging in your home or office. Look around you and let me know if you see something that makes you twitterpated. Develop your artist's eye. Let your heart race over a sunset, reflections in the water or maybe the color in your own back yard. It's really okay to be completely enamored with the world around you!