A new season may take some getting use to. In the soft light from the computer screen, every line and wrinkle on these aging hands is highlighted and the passage of time is overly apparent. I write every morning with a pen on paper but facing a blank screen is different. I think I can type more quickly than I can write but still, my hands can't quite keep up with my mind and I am having to acknowledge that getting back into the rhythm of unraveling my thoughts at a keyboard may take some time.
Last year I discovered "fluid art" on You Tube. I quickly made friends with a new circle of artists and looked forward to spending time with them each day, learning their craft. Their ability to mix and pour and tilt and blow and swipe and allow liquid color to move and blend and unfold fascinated me.
I am not alone in admitting that I am addicted to fluid art.
One artist in particular, with her big smile and welcoming way, her minimalist approach and gift for choosing color and sharing her journey, quickly became one of my favorites. I attempted her technique, "The Dutch Pour" with limited success but watched every video multiple times. On May 1 last year, she announced that she would be making one of her series of pieces available for purchase. Number 9 in the "Vibrant Black " series was still available and I purchased it to commemorate Shannon's 22 Heaven Day.
It took weeks for the piece to arrive from the Netherlands. Covid's effects on life was far reaching but #9 arrived six weeks later. I started to write immediately to thank Rinske and tell her how happy I was with the piece but life is busy and I put it off.
On June 21st I was going about my day, litter boxes, laundry, vacuum, dishes etc and through it all I kept feeling an urgent nudging to write to Rinske. NOW... not this afternoon when everything is done, not tomorrow morning with coffee...THANK HER NOW. It was the kind of nudging that I couldn't ignore.
"Good morning sweet Rinske,
I received #9 in the vibrant black series this week and I love it. I wanted to share a personal story. My daughter Shannon was an artist. She returned to Heaven following an automobile accident in May 1998. She was 23.
For the 22 years following her accident I have tried to commemorate her life in some special way on her birthday and heaven day. This year on May 1, her Heaven day, I was watching your channel and heard your announcement of the availability of the black series. Shannon's favorite number was nine and nine was still available and I purchased it.
To me it looks like an angel with open wings which is perfect!
She would have loved your sweet spirit and incredible work.
The state of the world has made me feel so very sad this year but discovering fluid art has been such a wonderful experience. Your Dutch Pour is my favorite and although I still haven't mastered the soft edges and vibrant color combinations, I will keep trying.
Thank you for sharing your love of color and passion for beauty with the world.
With much love and gratitude,
I live my life asking for Guidance, looking for signs. I'm sure I miss more than I see because Angels are subtle and signs are often no more than soft urgent whispers.
The next morning I received a response from Rinske...
So Jan, Thank you for your love for art, you sharing your story, and all the love that shines through your message. "