Day 356: Find peace and strength in others

Today is Christmas, and since I don’t celebrate the holiday (I never have or never will) I spent part of my day at the movies.

Up first on my list was Night at the Museum because I had already seen the first two when they were released in theaters.

I like the movie, and it gave me some laughs to put me in a good mood. However, I prefer the original one the best.

Afterwards, I saw a second movie, Big Eyes staring Amy Adams who portrayed artist Margaret Keane, most known for her work in depicting children with big eyes. The movie was inspired by true events in Keane’s career as an artist when her second husband, Walter Keane, claimed to be an artist and took credit for her artwork for 10 years.

It was a powerful and beautiful movie.

I connected with Keane because I am an artist, and I know how hard it is to make a career out of painting and have your work not only recognized and see by people, but also buy it. People have seen my artwork online, and in various shows in Los Angeles and the Northern Kentucky markets. I have sold a few pieces and was even commissioned to paint two images. Unfortunately, my career as an artist is not an easy one because I haven’t been able to live off what I earn, so graphic and website design is where I find a way to earn a living as well as working at the store.

It’s not an easy path to take to make it as an artist, but Keane’s fame to her work came with the lies her husband spewed when he claimed her artwork as his own. It was so heartbreaking to see someone else taking credit for art.

However, there is another reason why I connected with Keane, but I won’t reveal that right now because I don’t want to spoil the plot of the movie for you.

So, today’s Thank You card is inspired by Margaret Keane. This is my version of ‘big eyes’ created in Illustrator as opposed to canvas and acrylic paint.

Let me know what you think.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

12.25.14 Inspired by Margaret Keane © 2014 Stacy Schilling

12.25.14 Inspired by Margaret Keane
© 2014 Stacy Schilling