At work today, I collected even more money for Maddie’s Spa Day. And my friend Nici bought a huge array of incredible flowers, and arranged them perfectly for Maddie. Delivering the gift card, cash, and flowers to Maddie was not only one of the highlights of my day, it was also something I will never forget. Maddie was really touched. It was a great gift. When I got home I checked my email to find that Lisa from Sacramento called first dibs on yesterday’s painting. Here’s where it gets really good….Lisa purchased the painting and asked me to give it to Maddie as a gift, from her My jaw hit the floor while reading Lisa’s email. Wow. People are amazing. I will update this story in the near future. Onward to today’s gift. After all of this great giving I was informed by my lovely wife that we are out of food and out of diapers. Back to reality..hehe. So off we go to Target and Trader Joe’s (going to Trader Joe’s after you have worked there all day…..stinks.) Finally we make it to some dinner…and some ice cream afterwards. When we buy the ice cream I get a five dollar gift card. Then I write a note about random kindness in the card holder. We walk around the Serramonte Mall for a bit. I head to the music shop to play the ukuleles and dream. Theresa and Darwin get lost in the Disney store. When I meet up with them, Darwin is playing with a little girl. Theresa tells me she is 2 years and 4 months. Her mom smiles at me. I grab Darwin and give him the gift card for Dairy Queen. Immediately he knows what to do with it…’Look what we got for you….’ he says as he tracks down the mom and gives her the card. She looks a little baffled. She says ‘I didn’t bring anything to give you!’ We laugh and nod…’Just enjoy some ice cream and take care.’ I blurt out. Smiles all around. Great ending to a great day.
This little bird is inspired by little kids. I love watching kids play. There is something really special about how they can tune out EVERYTHING and just have fun. I need to do that more as an adult. This painting is painted on the bottom of an old cigar box. We got it from the old Academy of Sciences. Many of their bird specimens were actually kept in cigar boxes! When Theresa helped move the collection to its temporary home downtown and back again, they updated their storage and got rid of all kinds of goodies….like this cigar box. I wonder if this is the bird that called this box home. Hmm. The painting is 8.5×6 inches. Take care.
Sold to Barbara Coffy (my mom!) Thank you mom for your undying support of my art, my family, and my project! I hope we can get back to Burning Man soon. Thank you! Love you!