The Magician - Watercolor and Pencil
The Fool - Watercolor and Pencil
"Patiently, she waits." - Pencil on Bristol
This was part of an art exchange with my friend Kirstie!
One year ago today I stepped into the McKittrick for the first time. It was a surprise, for my birthday. I had no idea what to expect, no idea the effect it would have on me, how it would inspire me, the friendships I would forge from it, and I had no idea it would change my life.
It seems silly to say a theatrical experience impacted me to this degree, but it’s the truth. I’m generally a pretty timid and quiet person by nature. I spend a lot of time in my own head, and sometimes it can be hard to step out of that. Prior to going to the show for the first time, I felt very creatively dry, very jaded about the art world in general and my desire to be a part of it at all. Something about putting that mask on that night began to wash those feelings away. There was blood and lipstick and tears and fog and then somehow all at once I was filled with a pure joy and curiosity I hadn’t felt for a very long time. A year later, and many moments still affect me incredibly deeply.
And I’m grateful for every minute of it.
This network of fans is made up of some of the coolest, most interesting, kindest, gracious, open and wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Each one of our experiences with this show is unique, but at the same time we’re having all these universal feelings and moments and I think that’s beautiful, and I’m so glad I discovered this community and we can share these experiences together.
Our lives don’t repeat on a loop day after day. People grow and they change and eventually they go away, so I think it’s important to let people know you care about them while you can. I want to take a moment to thank all of you for all your support and kind words this past year. It’s not necessarily something I’m used to, and I am beyond touched by all of it.
You guys are the best. Here’s to another year of adventures in 1939.
Banquet - Oil on Canvas
"It cost me a lot
But there’s one thing that I’ve got”