Yesterday I painted Fran Lebowitz for the soul purpose of painting Fran Lebowitz. I would not sell her (in fact, I knew I would be giving her to a friend who adores her). I would not gain any exposure. There are no hashtags. Fran Lebowitz does not own a phone. She would not see it. She doesn’t own a computer. She would not come to France, because she doesn’t leave New York. No, this was about the process. The joy of taking a blank piece of paper and creating an image. Seeing her come to life with each stroke. I love to draw. To paint. To create. I really love it. And I get to do it! Imagine that! Imagine – doing what you love!!! Maybe the best way I have to show my gratitude for this, is to do it – to enjoy it – for all that it is. And so I painted Fran Lebowitz, not for the money, or the selfie, or the hashtag, but simply to give thanks for the opportunity to do it. And I am grateful. I packed her up this morning and she is on her way to my friend’s house in Texas, where I know she will be loved. Gratitude keeps giving.
Today I encourage you to enjoy the process. Of living. If you are baking a cake, lick the batter – share it with your kids, your husband, yourself. Smell the sugar melding with the butter as it bakes. Pour some tea and enjoy.
If you’re drawing in your sketchbook, don’t be afraid to scribble. Scribble – it’s fun to even say the word. Life is not perfection, it’s process.
Whatever you do today, take a minute to enjoy it. This is how we give thanks. And if we’re lucky, truly blessed, we’ll get another day tomorrow. Enjoy!