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After the couple street scenes I painting this week, I was ready for something a little lighter and more frivolous. I couldn’t resist painting my jewel colored nail polishes. Never used to paint my nails, or fuss too much about my appearance really. I remember way back in high school a fellow student once commented to me that for all the time I spent making myself look beautiful, I could just be ugly. Well, at least that’s how my memory is serving me. I knew her though, and she was a kind, well-meaning person. So I still wonder if she really meant it so harshly. I know that time can scramble our memories and our own self-judgements can invade them and make them worse. I suspect that’s what happened here. But nevertheless that phrase has always stuck in my head. As an adult I kind of stopped fussing so much about my appearance. With two absolutely stunning older sisters, I kind of felt like the odd duck out. I figured I’d never become that pretty, so why bother even trying?
The last few years those old beliefs have shifted somewhat though. I got a new haircut and switched to ash blonde highlights – it turned out gorgeous. Invested in some appropriate makeup rather than scrounging the bargain bin. Finally figured out how to use eyeliner. Updated my wardrobe. Began having bubble baths. Even adorable new glasses are actually on their way. And yes, I bought a slew of nail polish and began painting my toes. I don’t bother with the fingers – the turps I use for painting just ends up ruining a manicure. But my green, blue, and purple glittery toenails – I treasure them!
So maybe this little piece is not so frivolous as I thought. These little kindnesses that we do for ourselves do matter, because our feelings matter. And hey, how can glittery nail polish not make a girl feel terrific! Thanks for reading – you all are yet another reason why I love to paint. Best, Cheryl.
From Sun Feb 24 through Sat Mar 23, I will be creating one painting per day
and donating 50% of my sales to Parkinson Alberta Society.
Please note that this piece will require approx 3-4 weeks prior to shipping,
to allow paint to dry and cure. Thank you!