Free Art Day 43
Today I have another ATC for you. I started it yesterday and didn't like it. I was trying to decide what to do with it, when I thought it may be nice to work on it more and see if I can get it to a better place. Wether I did or not is up for discussion. Honestly I'm still not very happy with it. I think I'm just not very happy with myself atm and it's filtering down to the work. There are so many layers of ink on this card that there is a bit of depth you miss in the photograph.
So yesterday was rough but ended well. After waking up early and dying my hair, I started off the day with the realization that someone who I think should support my art dosen't or at least doesn't think I can make a living from it. The reality is I don't have a lot of choice. I think God planned that so I wouldn't be able to avoid what He created me to do. It hurts to hear though. I tried not to let it get me down and got the art created early enough to get dressed up for the Valentines get together at For Artsake Gallery.
I had my hair and makeup finished and went to pick up the mail before putting on my dress and finishing touches. In the mail was a mix of things. There were two letters that were most definitely Atc's from listia and a third bubble mailer from one of my kickstarter supporters full of fabulous wonders. Lastly there was a letter from Social Security. I was nervous to get bad news but hopeful so I opened the SS letter first. Unfortunately the letter stated that they could not prove I "suffered" from my conditions prior to 2009 when my window for disability closed. There is plenty of documentation to prove I have the conditions just not enough doctors visits to show real suffering. Thankfully the atc's were there to help me get through the roughest part. At that point I really didn't want to go anywhere, but I was already 80% ready, so I finished up and pasted on my best smile. When I was a kid working as a bagger at Safeway I learned a fake smile eventually turns into a real one.
I went to the party and had about three glasses of champaign. I was feeling much better, but a little too good for driving so I went for a walk around the block. It was nice. When I got back we saw a woman across the street dressed in red with wings and lots of hearts. They encouraged her to drop in for a bit. She proceeded to give us all love in heart sticker format. I got some pictures for you. You can see by the time she arrived I was doing much better.
At first I was going to re-apply just listing my migraines, since I believe it to be the most provable of my conditions. I tried this morning but they wouldn't let me. I had to do it as an appeal to the previous case. We shall see what comes of that. I believe if it doesn't work out this time around it may be time to talk to a local disability lawyer. I was really hoping to get a little more every month so I could get back into the gallery and have a few days of daycare to work on my larger commission pieces. For now, that doesn't look very promising. I did get Kaleb's application in for head start a few days ago. Should he be selected this fall there may be a chance I can use the few hours a day he is gone in a similar fashion to what I would have done had I been able to afford the day care. There are a few gals at the gallery that said they would be willing to work with me on hours should that event occur. There is still a shred of hope. It's just getting a bit dimmer every day.
Thank you Melissa for your ATC care package. It was so very encouraging at the moment when I needed it the most. I am honored to be the recipient of your first ever ATC. I absolutely love everything you sent!
2/15/2013 02:28:27 pm
You're very welcome! :) I'm glad you liked everything. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't get good news from social security. I hope your appeal works out better or that Kaleb gets selected for head start so you can work something out with the gallery. Just try to stay positive. You look very pretty. I'm glad the day ended better.
2/16/2013 02:36:38 pm
Thanks! Things are already starting to look up. I have a potential show coming up for the summer and I'll be able to fill a display case at a local store. Your encouragement really help. Thank you for being such a good friend :)
2/20/2013 12:57:53 am
You're welcome! :) That is great!!
2/15/2013 02:39:13 pm
thank you thank you thank you!
2/16/2013 02:37:05 pm
YOUR SO WELCOME! I'm very glad to see this go home with you :)
You look great! Love your hair:) You are so fortunate to have such artistic talent and skills to rely on. Don't let the bureaucracy & red tape get you down. Your new little creature above would be right at home in one of the twig sculptures an artist exhibited here in the Desert Botanical Garden. I'll try to find his name, but meanwhile, put my name in for the drawing! xoxo
2/16/2013 02:42:01 pm
Sandy! :) It's so nice to hear from you! Thanks so much for your kind words. You are officially entered to win this creature. Great artistic reference. Your so right this fellow has the same flow as Patrick Dougherty's work. I was fortunate to experience one. I can't remember which museum I saw it at, unfortunately, but I do remember the feeling of being inside it. I really love how you all find wonderful ways to help me enjoy the pieces that I found frustrating. Thank you for that. Much love xoxo Rhonda
2/16/2013 02:45:50 pm
Thanks for the link! I am terrible at remembering names but images click in nicely. Fabulous correlation! Much appreciated :)
2/22/2013 02:25:58 pm
Congratulations Sandy you won! :)
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