Thursday, December 17, 2009

Painting as therapy...


I had a bad day at work yesterday. My bad days at work are very few and far between, but nonetheless, it was not one of my better days. At 5 sharp, I left hastily, looking forward to wrapping some holiday gifts, lighting a fire, and watching tv with Max curled up at my side.

When I pulled into my driveway, it was 5:30-ish and dark. I glanced across my front lawn and thought, "What's all over the lawn?" As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I figured it out. It was most of my split rail fence. I live on a main road, and for the second time in less than a year, someone crashed into my fence. The first time, there was just minor damage to one post, but this time, two-thirds of my fence was spewed like matchsticks all over my lawn. This was not the way I had envisioned my evening to begin. But a couple hundred profanities later, I was over it.

I mean, first of all, the person who hit my fence was obviously having an even worse day than me. And according to the accident report, she wasn't injured, which was good news, and a miracle, given the condition of my fence the auto debris that she left behind.

So I walked Max, lit a fire, ordered a pizza, poured a glass of wine, (and then another) and finished this painting, which is a gift for a friend who has been doing some interior decorating. I stayed up way too late, because I was totally in the zone, but it was the perfect ending to a much less than perfect day.

5 comments:

LizNess said...

Oh no! Sorry about the catastrophic day -- but, WOW on the ending -- you know how to end 'em for sure! Such an amazing piece!

=) HUGS and here's to much better days (and happy holidays, too)!

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Great post...I need a glass of wine after reading it!

Marilyn Rock said...

Kerri! What a day you had! Sorry about the tough day, at work, and then the fence! Look what came out of this day????? What a fantastic painting!!! It's a stunner!

It is good no one was hurt from the accident; the traffic between peak work times and also the holiday hustle and bustle - makes for very stressful driving.

You handled this well and, again; your feelings came out so beautifully with this painting!

Love ya - Marilyn xxoo

Lorri said...

Oh Kerri I'm sorry you had a bad day and I'm glad the driver wasn't hurt - Your canvas is fabulous!! I love it. Art is definately therapeutic and something I have to do myself right now... My motivation is creeping back.
Thank you for your kind words on my blog. Wishing you all the best for the Christmas season.

xo

julie king said...

being able to put things into perspective and know how to be grateful is a gift and you obviously have it!!

the painting is gorgeous! i love the colors.