It is hard to know where to start or how to even talk about my whole gratitude project experience. I’m still processing it all. It has been a bit overwhelming, but in a very good way.
I didn’t expect the really sweet and genuine outpouring of emotion from so many people who came to my exhibit. I thought people who received a painting would be grateful, but I didn’t expect all of the tears. I cried so much during the exhibit that I think it was rare to see me without water in my eyes!
A photographer friend of mine, Tom Dwyer, wrote the nicest review of the show. And the local news came to my house and interviewed me a week before the exhibition.
I will be sharing LOTS more here soon, but for now, here are a few of the Hundred Thank You paintings I am taking to the post office today! Underneath each painting is the label that went next to the painting on the wall at the exhibition.
Hannah Marcotti (On-line Friend, Coach and Writer)
Oh Hannah, I adore you, my beautiful friend. I have learned so much from your e-courses. They have all come to me at exactly the right time. Your writing is a sweet little gift in my inbox. I love your calm, joyful, genuine nature. I love that we are both HSP. And I love how we have all of these crazy little connections. It is not an accident that we are friends. I’m so grateful for you!
I am so grateful that I got to meet Hannah in person at my exhibit!
Amanda Oaks (Friend, Kind-Over-Matter Blog)
Dear sweet Amanda! I remember years ago when you featured my artwork on your site and I thought I had finally “made it!” I think I got my start with KOM. But, that is not why I made you a painting. I made you a painting because I adore you- you overflow with kindness, love, positive regard for others, and unconditional acceptance. It is an honor to be your friend. (I love that we text!)
Corinne Bowen (Writer-Friend)
It’s so fun being friends with you on Instagram! You inspire me to cook more and I think I have bought three cookbooks from your pictures! I adore the pictures of your beautiful daughter. I’m grateful to have connected with a kind-hearted and compassionate friend. Looking forward to the day we meet at the Owl House!
Kris Carr (Crazy, Sexy Life Blog, Author, Filmmaker)
I first discovered you from your documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer. Loved it! I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years, but you brought my healthy eating to a new level. My husband and I now have a green juice every day. We also have green smoothies, use the rebounder and dry brush. We limit wheat, dairy and sugar. You have been such an inspiration to me! Plus, you are adorable. My life is healthier because of you and that is a really big deal!
David and Mira Newman (Kirtan Musicians)
When I first heard you singing live at the CNY Yoga Center, I cried. In fact, I had a hard time keeping my eyes dry during the entire Kirtan. Your music is pure love and devotion. It lifts me up and makes my life better. Thank you for all that you do to make this world a more peaceful place. I am so grateful for both of you.
Oh my…that first photo of you is just way too adorable. You’re looking so sassy and sweet and happy. My heart is overflowing with happiness for you, for all that is flowing out of you and into the world. Whew! Amazing things are happening. Such gorgeousness to witness.
And your paintings…wow, Lori. What an incredible gift for those on the receiving end of your love and art. I love these new paintings so much. Oh my gosh, the one with the mommy holding the baby close and the sweet sheep…that might be my favorite ever.
I’m standing by in awe of all the beauty you are creating.
Loving you so.
Haha- I love that you think I look sassy 😉 I just got your book that I will be writing about here. OMG I’m in love. So grateful for you, Julia. Already making plans for another trip to Oregon…
Your posts are wonderful Lori!! Very heartfelt and inspiring and your work is fun and upliting! Can hardly wait to see what’s next with all that cleared space in your studio!!!
Thank you so much Kathryn! xo
sweetheart, i want to see them ALL!!!
seeing that lil’ snapshot of the collection
and then a close up of a few here…
well…i’m just SMITTEN!
you are so crazytalented!!! on paper + in heart.
Rachel, OMG I cannot wait to seeeee yoooooou! xoxo
Lori, this is just so beautiful. I love you and adore you. I wish I could have been at the exhibition that day. I was there in spirit.
Alia, you were with me in spirit. Sending you so much love.
you are absolutely incredible and amazing.
thank you for being you.
Leonie, thank you.
so much love to you.
Eeee! Lori, Lori! I am so excited for you and proud of you! Look at all this beauty you brought into the world. Loving yoooou!
Thank you Jenn! Big huge hugs.
I love the picture of Hailey taking your picture! You look great.
I am so excited for the people to get their paintings – like it’s me!!
<3 <3 <3
Thanks Lis. Love you <3
Love the pic of Hailey taking your pic! You look great.
I am excited for the people getting their paintings – like it’s me!!
Ooops sorry! Didn’t think it went through the 1st time!
Wow indeed. I love finally seeing the fruits of your loving labors and seeing who they’re for. This project is so full of love & heart that it inspires me every time I see one of your lovely pieces! Thank you for sharing in that magical way that you have!
Raven, thank you so much- very sweet of you. <3
If only your project were featured on the news instead of all the doom and gloom……I think that God Himself has touched your heart because so much goodness springs from it. IKeep it up – watch for all the blessings coming your way……….
Your comment made me tear up. Thank you. xoxo
you and Hay even have the same dress sense… soo cute you two together…. read the review and saw the news piece -f antastic work you inspiring gorgeous soul
Thank you Angela! I love Hailey and the whole gorgeous family. Big hugs! xoxo
I am no longer an online friend. This project changed my life too. I haven’t quite figured out what it looks like, but it is slowly coming to me in little waves of feeling the love you poured into this.
You’re RIGHT. Just friend. Thank you for what you said.
I’m so in love with this post…and you. You are the (love) bomb.
P.S. Your text the other day made me smile from ear to ear. xoxo
I’m the (love) bomb??! YAY!
Ohmygosh! Look at you in that photo! I LOVE IT! You are soooo beautiful, inside & out, your spirit just radiates from the screen.
I can’t wait to get that office, the first thing I am hanging in there will be your painting.
Off to watch your news video! All of these are soooo gorgeous!
I love you sooooo much! <3!
Amanda! Thank you so much. I love that your painting will be hanging where you are working. xoxoxo
I love your paintings Lori. The one with the mother and the baby – that reminded me of my own mother. Thank you. When I remember my mom I feel I am stil a baby. Your painting exudes the feeling that existence and nature happily make space for mother and child as one of their own.
How lucky for the people to get to meet you too sweet Lori….it’s so lovely to see more of the paintings and learn abit about the lucky recipients. What an undertaking you’ve accomplished….wow….your so full of love and light and I am so so glad we’ve found one another online:D…someday we’ll hook up in Toronto hopefully:D
Such an amazing project and so inspiring! Beautiful artful with great messages!