China For Kayla…

100AWC12As I’ve mentioned, I am working on the 100 Artworks Challenge. This is pushing and moving me in all sorts of ways. It is also allowing me to be open to ways to continue to support and encourage my family.

Many of you know, that I am married and have two wonderful children; which are fondly known in my family as “Number 1” and “the baby.” ¬†Well” the baby” is twenty years old and is a college sophomore. As a Mom, it’s been wonderful watching her grow and stretch her wings and a challenge to see her make her own decisions. I often marvel at her courage and her willingness to try new things! It’s what we want for our children, but are often, quivering as we watch it unfold!

Kayla Giving Yogi Goodbye Hug

Kayla Giving Yogi Goodbye Hug

My daughter, Kayla’s major is Mandarin, Chinese and this Fall, she will be off to study abroad in China for a year! Yes, that’s exciting and scary as hell for a parent! But as she and I maneuver this major change in all our lives. I’ve come up with an idea to use my art as a way to help her raise the funds she will need to sustain her while she immerses herself in Chinese.

Those of us who are parents of a college student, know how expensive a college education can be, and although my daughter will be away, we will be paying her college tuition, just the same, plus having to come up with monies for her while she’s abroad.

So, all the paintings that I am creating in the 100 Artworks Challenge will be for sale and all the monies will be used for my daughter’s school and living expenses in China.

I’ve never done anything like this before, but if my daughter is brave enough to leave the nest and fly to another part of the world to live and learn, her mother can actively campaign, create and sell art so that she can do so!

100AWC20WebSo each 8″x 8″ painting will be sold for $50.00 (shipping included), you will get to name the painting you buy, and I will supply a certificate of authenticity with the name of your choice on it and Kayla will write you a thank you note in Mandarin Chinese.

I am hoping to sell all the paintings by mid-August, because she is leaving no later than Aug.25th 2015.

This is how I make my living, creating and selling art, and I want my daughter to see how following your passion can get you where you want to be in your life. No, it’s not an easy life, but it is a life worth living, if that’s where your heart is.

In the next couple of weeks, more information will be available. I want to continue to thank all of the people who have supported me by reading my blog, checking me out on Facebook, Twitter; buying and collecting my work. Stay tuned as this empty nester strengthens her wings as she allows her little bird to fly!

From my wildly passionate creative soul to yours in peace.

(The paintings in this blog post are a part of the 100 Artworks for sale)

  1. Wow what a wonderfully inspiring venture for both of you! Not to mention a GREAT idea :) Congrats to your daughter too. How exciting. Lots of love and success to both of you.

    Comment by Jill Marie — April 10, 2015 @ 9:58 am

  2. Jill, thank you! I thought I would merge the two and I think it’s about both Kayla and I stretching ourselves and doing something different! Thank you again!

    Comment by Indigene — April 10, 2015 @ 11:00 am

  3. What a great idea! And how exciting for Kayla–what an adventure she's setting off on. Good luck with all of it!

    Comment by Kim — April 10, 2015 @ 10:48 am

  4. Thank you so much, Kim! It’s a wonderful adventure, and pretty scary for her Mom & Dad having “our baby” so far away! It’s like being on a roller coaster ride and I find them excitingly scary! :) Thanks again!

    Comment by Indigene — April 10, 2015 @ 11:02 am

  5. What a great idea! I'd like to share this on G+, but it tells me it was "shared privately"… I don't want to overstep. May I share?

    Comment by Marianne Morris — April 10, 2015 @ 10:54 am

  6. Marianne, please feel free to share and thank you for letting me know! I really appreciate it! :)

    Comment by Indigene — April 10, 2015 @ 11:03 am

  7. Awesome! Congrats to you both! Big things happening!

    Comment by jennifer barrile — April 10, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

  8. Thanks Jennifer! Big things, indeed! You’ll have your empty nest sooner than you can blink your eyes! :)

    Comment by Indigene — April 10, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

  9. Kudos to you and your daughter! I think it's great for young people to travel and study abroad. What a great opportunity for her. I will be more than happy to purchase one of your awesome works. So put me on the list for sure.

    Comment by claudia moody jones — April 10, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

  10. Claudia, thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement! You have been stellar!!! Once I get to CA, one day soon, the lovefest will begin! Thanks again, love!

    Comment by Indigene — April 10, 2015 @ 3:02 pm

  11. Wow a great adventure! For your whole family! Such a beautiful thing for you to do Indigene to help her, through your creative passion!

    Comment by littleironhorse1 — April 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

  12. Thanks so much! She's my inspiration and I want to always be a guide to her! Besides when I look at her I still see that 2 yr. old! Thanks so much Catherine!

    Comment by Indigene Art Forms — April 12, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

  13. They always stay little in our hearts, that precious place.

    Comment by littleironhorse1 — April 12, 2015 @ 6:35 pm

  14. What a great project of growth for you and for Kayla an awesome gift of your strength. Congratulations, I'll be peeling my eyes a your work as it emerges.

    Comment by Lisa Rivas — April 10, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

  15. Thanks so much Lisa! It’s been an exiting journey, thus far! I want to thank you so much for commenting and stopping by!

    Comment by Indigene — April 12, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

  16. Fantastic project! Wishing you much success!

    Comment by laurencurtis — April 11, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

  17. Hey Lauren! It’s great of you to stop by, I appreciate it! I’m taking all wishes for success and hoping they are multiplied for Kayla! :)

    Comment by Indigene — April 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

  18. What a fabulous idea and what a wonderful adventure for your daughter!

    Comment by Deanna — April 12, 2015 @ 12:32 pm

  19. Thanks dear Deanna! You’re always so supportive! Thank you from Kayla and I!

    Comment by Indigene — April 12, 2015 @ 6:01 pm

  20. This is so wonderful Indigene! Thank you for supporting the dreams of creative risk takers. Can't wait to hear about your success!

    Comment by Jeanie — April 13, 2015 @ 7:01 pm

  21. Thanks Jeanie! I hope and wish that it’s successful for my daughter! :)

    Comment by Indigene — April 13, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

  22. this is really wonderful project waiting to see more

    Comment by New India Assurance — October 17, 2017 @ 5:18 am

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