I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was joyful and full of kind people! I know my was and in the spirit of feeling blessed and thankful for life's unexpected twists and turns, and the people it brings with it, i would like to share my mini adventure of this past week.
It is a known fact that i often times tend to either forget things or procrastinate or whatever else, causing myself and people around me a great level of stress and discomfort. Don't get me wrong, this happens unintentionally and I go to great lengths to prevent it from happening - making lists, checking them twice and then some but here and there i will slip up at the most inconvenient of times making me pull hair of of mine and other people's heads.
As you know one of my paintings got into a group show in Savannah, Georgia. Very exciting. For me, anyway; I don't have a lot gallery exhibits behind my belt yet. Greedy me would like three or four paintings to be in the show but one will do too :)
The deadline for artwork delivery to the gallery is December 1st. I know about the deadline for a month now but somehow- and please don't ask me how exactly - I forget.
It is Sunday, November 22nd, a week before my painting has to be at the gallery in another state and my artwork is not framed. Mind you, a framing job like that would take about a week to complete and it is the Thanksgiving week, meaning that there is no delivery for Thursday. To say that i am screaming profanities at the top of my lungs and crying hysterically on the inside is to say nothing. I am devastated. In addition, it seems that everything else in my life is being derailed as well and so i feel emotionally destroyed and just want to crawl into a dark corner and die.
Why do i tell you all this? Because sometimes we all feel this way.... And we all need a little magic or what have you, to save us from spiraling down into chaos. My magic was the people I met. At the pinnacle of my hiatus they have helped me and inspired me to battle through the hard times and climb back to the top.
In my frantic google search I have found a framing place Frame it in Broklyn. Even though my intention was to do it in the city, the odds were against me- all the places in Manhattan were either closed on a Sunday or opened at noon and I had to be at work by that time.
With no other choice, I went to Frame it in Brooklyn and I am so glad I did. This was the most serendipitous thing that have happened to me in a while and those oddities of life always lead me to most possitve and memorable experiences.
Iam difficult to deal with on a good day, imagine what it is like on a bad. Li managed to calm me down and was so kind and reashuring that even with no prospects of a frame which I would like and could afford, I kept it together. I got an email from her later with some options for a frame and so I went back there the next day to "seal the deal". This is when I met George, their framer, who came up with a wonderful alternative framing option for my artwork. I also met Jerry, the owner who was kind enough to give a break on the job and helped it all happen in time for shipping.
Li, George and Jerry- Thank you guys so much for saving the day and just for being there. I think more than anything I needed at that point was to be with like minded people and I am so glad that I have met you all!
Last but not least I want to thank my other half who wrapped and shipped the thing and rest assured - it made it in time. I don't know what I would do with out you and all your help!
To all good people that life brings us.
P.s. I think the painting looks even better now, so if you need something to be framed now you know where to go!