For those who couldn't make it to the show, here's a video.
So, what's a gratitude sandwich? Well, have you ever heard of the sandwich method of giving constructive criticism? With the sandwich method, one puts positive comments at the beginning and end of the discussion, and the meat of the matter is in the middle. That "meat" is the constructive comment that isn't quite so positive.
A gratitude sandwich is different than the sandwich method because there is no criticism. It's all hearts and flowers.
I have nothing but hearts and flowers to report about my trip back to my home state, and my solo show at Taylor Books in Charleston, West Virginia.
I find that when I am feeling low, thinking of things that make me grateful is beneficial.
When I am feeling on top of the world, thinking about what I am thankful for makes me feel even better.
Do you practice gratitude in your life?
Here's a list of all that I appreciated regarding this particular show, and my time in West Virginia. I include it here as a public thank you.
I would love to hear what you are grateful for in the comments below.
* I am grateful to a dear friend for recommending me to the gallery director at Taylor Books.
* I am grateful for the gallery director and store manager of Taylor books for picking my work up at my studio in the pouring rain and delivering it to Charleston. That is no small feat because it continued to rain, and 12 hours total in the car isn't fun for anyone.
* While we're at it, I am grateful that the work was handled with care and displayed beautifully.
* I am grateful for the beautiful postcards that were printed announcing this show.
* West Virginia is stunning, and I am thrilled that I got to spend time in "my" mountain state.
* I am grateful that 2 of my friends from Northern Virginia were able to be there at my artist talk and reception to enjoy the hospitality of the people in my home state.
* I am grateful that after decades of enjoying Blenko Glass, I was able to visit the facility and buy more glassware.
* I am eternally appreciative of my friends who came, some from long distances, to see my work, visit with me, and hear me speak about my art.
* I am extremely grateful to those who purchased my work. Thank YOU!
* I am especially thankful for having time to see my family of choice in West Virginia. You know who you are and I love you all.
* Finally, I am grateful for all of you who read my emails, blogposts and social media feeds. Thank YOU!
A grouping of my paintings displayed at Taylor Books Annex Gallery. Love seeing them grouped this way.
One of the things that I am truly grateful for is my communications with you. Please let me know what you are grateful for in the comments below.
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