The Fog has been rolling across the Golden Gate Bridge and I’ve been standing outside with my easel against the stinging winds while painting the bridge.
Today is our last day of the Plein Air Convention here and today we paint in Wine Country.
Forgive me for the break but, after last night’s Big Hippy 70’s Party and an early rise this morning, I’m tapped out.
This week magic happened and powerful stories emerged as a result of people coming to the Convention. Tears streamed down my eyes as these stories were told at last night’s closing ceremony.
One woman felt lead to the convention and almost did not come, but because she registered herself in our directory, a true miracle occurred.
Thirty years ago her young son disappeared. She has not known where he is or what happened to him — no idea if he was alive. Little did she know of his search to find his mom; Googling her name constantly in hopes of finding her. Suddenly his search found her name on our site as an attendee here at the Plein Air Convention, and yesterday the two were reunited. Here at the Convention he showed up, found her, and they are again together. There was not a dry eye in the room.
I’m more convinced than ever that we are placed in situations and places for a reason. Especially after hearing several stories this week that proved people were here for a reason.
Another woman was painting, approached by a man and a discussion lead them to realize they were distant cousins. She a painter, he a gallery owner whose initial introduction was to invite her into his gallery. What are the odds?
About 800-900 of us were brought together for a purpose this week and I’m grateful to serve them and be the conduit for such serendipity.
I’ll be back next week… but first, one thought: follow the little voices in your head and you may be led to a special connection or place for an unknown reason.
And hug those you love.
See you next week.
Love the art gene at work….beautiful story.
Once again you did an incredible job, not just for those who were able to go to San Francisco, but also those who watched and were engaged via the Live Facebook videos. Thanks for including us. Your efforts keep us engaged, challenged, and wishing for more. See you in Denver!
I do believe you’re right. Things happen for a reason and we need to listen to our intuition. Sounds like a wonderful event. Wish I could have been there.
What a beautiful letter about the woman that found her son. Instantly I felt goosebumps going up my arm. Also, I just want to say you sound much like your father. Who I had the pleasure to meet about 5 years ago. How is he? We lost contact for some odd reason. Thanks so much for all the invites too all the events. But in 2 weeks I will be having a total hip replacement. But eventually, I want to join your group in one of the fabulous places you pick. Kathy Nash
Beautiful heart warming stories, Eric.
I was energized by the convention and I wasn’t even there! The 2 stories you shared were a real Blessing to all of us.
Just remembering my excitement last year(my first time) and how much it affected my life for the whole year is just grand.I had not been painting much for almost 8 yrs until I quit my job right before the convention and what a jump start that was!
Next week I will be taking 2 paintings to the Arizona. Plein Air Painters Show in Scottsdale and am grateful for all the encouragement from you and your staff.. I really miss Scott Jones since he left Scottsdale and joined your staff but I am sure he is also continuing to encourage you and others.
Hope to see you in Denver!
Mary Lois Brown from Sedona
Awesome stories!! God was the conduit and PACE was the receptacle used.
A beautiful uplifting story! A good reason for us to push ourselves to get up off the couch, who knows what we’ll discover!
Thank you Eric this was just what I needed for the coming week.
Wow! What an inspiring message to all of us! I love it and I look forward each week to read your news! I wish I was younger and smarter and able to travel . I would do lots more things that are not possible now. I loved your message about listening to the little voice in your head! Keep up the good work and happy painting!! thanks for sharing!!
WOW, what terrific stories. I look forward to your Sunday posts, thank you Eric!
What a lovely start to a Sunday. Having my coffee and reading your powerful message. Thank you.
Awesome to hear those moving stories. Thank you for what you do!!!