Here’s something I’ve never done before….raise money. I don’t ask for money. It’s uncomfortable and icky to me. However, my son and I have won this amazing opportunity to go do art internationally at an artist residency in Budapest this winter. Everything has lined up with his school schedule and them accepting us. Everyone has been so encouraging.
I will admit, I never thought I wanted to be a mom. Mostly because I was afraid I’d be horrible at it. I was busy chasing down dreams and trying to make them a reality. Then suddenly, my dream reality was brought to a sudden halt. I ended up pregnant. I had taken precautions, but they failed. I will admit, I was near devastated. All I could think about was how my world as I knew it was over. How was I possibly going to take care of a kid? I had no job, no apartment, no belongings…I was a traveling artist.
I had a panic knee-jerk reaction and put on a suit and started applying for jobs. For the first time in my life, no one would hire me. They looked at the baby bump and politely told me I wasn’t what they were looking for. Not only was I interviewing for jobs I didn’t want, I was being turned away. How was I going to feed this child?
With nothing else to lose, I turned my living room into an art studio and started teaching art classes. I wore him in a sling and took him to every art show I was involved in. He was there through it all. It wasn’t easy….I won’t pretend to tell you that it was, but we did it.
It took awhile, but I grew to realize that he hadn’t ruined my life at all. In fact, he just enhanced it. He inspires me constantly. He creates with spontaneity and freedom. He sees things I fail to see. He reminds me to live in the moment. He is an amazing artist of life, but also on canvas.
This year I applied for an artist residency in Budapest. I made him and I both a portfolio and wrote a proposal for us as art partners. We were accepted!!! December 2015 my lil’ art partner and I will be headed to Europe to create internationally!! I am incredibly excited to show the world to him and to see it from his eyes.
So back to the money. I still have to pay for our travel expenses. Now, I’m not one to just ask for something and not offer something in return. I did set up a Go Fund Me Campaign. When you donate, I am offering something in return. For denominations donated:
- $25+ = set of 5 fine art cards
- $50+ = set of 10 fine art cards
- $100+ = custom 12 x 12″ painting
- $500+ = custom 24 x 24″ painting
If you would like to learn more about me and my art adventures, visit my art site: http://www.StrokeofRed.com.