I love this book, and I love its author Jenny Doh. We are all richer for the glorious gifts creativity brings to our lives. Jenny has collected stories from several wonderful artists, that illustrate just how transformative art can be. With beautiful images, prompts to spur on each individuals spark, and words of encouragement about the everyday encounters that are enhanced by moving our hands.
For Art Saves, I shared the story of my extroidinarly talented, funny and very busy mother-in-law, Marty Whipple. Marty has a great personality and is a creative force! For over 30 years, Marty has dazzled the world with her amazing talents showing work that included over the years, mixed media jewelery, sculpture, hand painted photography, collages, oil paintings and more. She shared her artistic life with her family, friends and with George, her beloved husband of over 50 years. George was one of the nicest people you could ever meet and his greatest joy was to support and enhance everyone in his family’s dreams. George and Marty were quite a team, while both incredibally social and fun loving, George took care of every business detail and Marty was able to concentrate on all things creative. When we lost our wonderful George, the sadness was unbearable but for Marty, her entire world shifted. Life just wasn’t the same. Very slowly, and over time, the thing that brought Marty back to life was her art. She began writing and working again in her studio, and little by little she seemed ready and able to live and thrive again. I remember George taking us aside in the hospital room and whispering in our ears on several occasions, ” Make sure she keeps on working and making art.” He was right, knew the power of art. 🙂
Thank you Jenny for reminding us in so many lovely ways of the gifts of creativity.