For the Ballerina

Sometimes people come into our lives and yet we never actually meet them.  Blogging gives us this wonderful opportunity to connect to people across the globe.  And sometimes we get to know them on such a deep and personal level, that if ever given the opportunity to meet in person there are SURE to be tears of joy!   That's how this custom painting came about. 

I meet Cheri through my blog in February.  I was reeling in grief after the death of a friend and she was dealing with grief of her own. She is a reader of my blog and while in the hospital waiting room she pulled up my blog and the post "A Gentle Spirit".  The artwork and the prayer I used sent a message to her soul she said.   She then proceeded to thank me for "reaching in and starting my heart back up."    She's an artist as well and told me she enjoys reading my blog and finds inspiration here often.  Wow.  Talk about humbling.   I was of course balling my eyeballs out throughout the entire email and sent her one back immediately thanking her for taking the time to share her story with me.  Because you know what,  it's the stories like hers that remind me that I am EXACTLY where I am supposed to be in this journey.  And her story adds and enriches my story you know?

So a few weeks back she asked me if I would paint her a vintage bike with the birdcage on the back and the quote, "take your heart with you everywhere you go".  I could not have been more thrilled to paint this for her.  She wanted it pink because she used to be a ballerina.  Oh the symbolism throughout this painting.  It just gave me goose bumps to paint it!
So it will head to her house today.  I send it with such a grin on my face.  I can not wait for her to open it and see it in person!!
So dear Cheri, I thank you SO much for taking the time to email me and share your story.  There is magic in words.  And the sparkly dust you sent my way in February touched my heart perhaps more than my words did you. 


Cori Lynn Berg said...

It turned out lovely! What a blessing for you both!

Charade said...

It's very beautiful, and "heartfelt" at the same time. At first I looked at all the pictures and saw only what my eyes saw. Then after I read the post, my mind's eye saw that the ribbons atop the birdcage were attached to ballerina slippers. Thanks for this post.

nacherluver said...

How absolutely lovely. Beautiful piece with beautiful sentiments both ways. Wow. So glad the two of you found each other.

Deb said...

Just beautiful...the message is so inspiring. I know she will cherish it and so glad your paths crossed....funny how blogging leads to friendship no matter where you are in the big world!

Artsy Matilda said...

Oh.My.Gosh! I cannot wait to see this beautiful gem in person! I LOVE it! Thank you, sweet Jenni, for being EXACTLY where you are supposed to be on your journey! It makes my journey a much smoother adventure! I will never forget how lovely you are. The PINK bike will be a fabulous guide for my next segment! Thanks from the very depth of my heart.xoxo Cheri

Dianne said...

It's so whimsical and light hearted! She will love it.

Legacy of a Single Girl said...

Hi Jenni! This piece is wonderful!! I love the heart in the cage! I found you on Lisa Kaus's blog and am now a new follower.

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