Art, Community, Motherhood, Thoughts on life

Painting in the Dark

I have a mini-van, two children and to make the stereotype complete, I volunteer for blind children. Yes, I purchased the full Stay-at-Home-Mom package. Once Big Brother is four, I’m sure he’ll start soccer and I can add “soccer mom” to my resume.

But about the blind children. My dad’s side of the family has a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Two of my aunts are blind and one of my cousin’s just got her seeing eye dog (she’s really pumped about it)! So, last year my mom roped me in to helping out with Lighthouse Central Florida and it’s been an amazing experience. LCF provides resources to people in Seminole, Osceola and Orange counties for those who are blind or with visual impairments for all ages. I work with a committee of women in the Orlando area who raise funds for their Early Intervention preschool program for children 0-5 years old.

We host a consignment sale in the Spring and support LCF’s programs throughout the rest of the year to raise funds and awareness for this organization. One idea I had is to host a wine and paint night similar to those you see all over Groupon and at your local wine store.

Except with blind folds.

I tried it out and am fairly pleased with the result. Or maybe I’m just loving the time lapse option on my iPhone. Either way, like any piece of art, this is a work in progress. I am thinking it would help if each artist has a “guide” to let them know if a quadrant of the canvas needs more paint. This not only gives artists something fun to participate in, but it also gives them the experience of producing something without sight.

Art is something I have been dabbling in since Big Brother was born. I had worked in an office for 10 years as a public relations consultant, so the adjustment to full-time stay-at-home-mom took some time. Painting is an outlet for me that gives me something tangible to show some element of productivity for my day. Raising the boys is my most important and first priority, but the progress is slow and intangible.

So, I paint from time-to-time, I write this blog and I volunteer for LCF to raise awareness for their programs.

Now that I see all that in black and white, it’s quite a lot. But I’ve developed a never-ceasing multi-tasking brain from my years managing multiple client accounts and projects. My favorite supervisor had a saying that I use in every area of life: “Make progress daily”. Everything doesn’t have to be finished right at once, but when you make small steps each day you can go a long way.