Art and Love from Me to You

A Moment I will Never Forget

I’m lucky.  My mother-in-law, Josephine (Jo), is sweet as can be.  I made the painting above for her for my Hundred Thank Yous project.

Photo by Andrew Bartholomew

Here’s a moment from the Hundred Thank Yous opening that I will never forget:  Jo walked up to me crying.  She seemed totally overwhelmed with all of the paintings, the show, and with her painting.  I couldn’t even understand what she was saying, but seeing her cry so hard made me want to sob.  I never saw her cry before this occasion.

Honestly there was so much crying at the opening- that was one of the most surprising parts of it all.  It was a love-fest.  It was a cry-fest.  My husband cried that week more times than I could count.  I cry even on a good day- my emotions are always pretty close to the surface and I am definitely a highly sensitive person.

But everyone else joining in?  I didn’t expect that.  That my mother-in-law was so touched and emotional about her painting and the whole show meant so much to me.  I could cry again just thinking about it as I write this.  When I look back on it now, many people didn’t have words to describe how they were feeling- I didn’t either.  I still don’t!  Crying seemed to say it all.

This is the power and reach of gratitude- it breaks through any barriers and gets right to the heart.  Nothing but love.

Photo by Andrew Bartholomew

Photo by Andrew Bartholomew

Since I finished this project I believe so much more in the power of love and gratitude.

Some of the greatest gifts I have ever received have come from that show.  The effects will stay with me forever.  I know that there was an incredibly positive energy at the exhibit where all 100 paintings hung together, that was created from the very best part of me. We could all feel it as soon as the paintings were hung before anyone who received a painting even walked into the room.



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  • Kristen August 6, 2012

    You have me all teared up and the love spreads. You are an amazing spirit and I am so happy for what this project has meant to you and those around you. It has been really inspiring to read along . Congrats on a wonderful show and on gaining the wonderful insight on the power of love and gratitude. Much love xoxo

    • LoriP August 6, 2012

      Oh thank you so much Kristen! I’m so happy you felt inspired. xoxo

  • Jennifer August 6, 2012

    This is one of my favorite paintings in a show where I loved every single painting! <3

  • Markie Roe August 6, 2012

    You’re so right – crying said it all!

  • Kathleen Comber August 6, 2012

    The inspiration has come straight from the Heart of God through you. Especially love to read the story connected to them – when is the book available? Please let me know.

    • LoriP August 6, 2012

      Hi Kathleen- thank you so much. I will let you know. Much love

  • Alia August 7, 2012

    Lori, this brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing your heart so freely. I know I say this all the time in my comments to you, but I can’t say it enough: You are such an inspiration to me and feel such love for you. Those pictures of you and Jo say it all. This is what life is about.

  • Barbara Petri August 8, 2012

    Tears of joy…
    Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

  • Christine August 8, 2012

    What a beautiful being you must have, to come up with such a beautiful idea!

  • Wendee Holtcamp August 10, 2012

    I love love love the first photo of you with your MIL where your arms are open. And I’m so excited by this project and you… you are an inspiration! xoxo

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