I love sharing your stories, each and everyone of them!
When I started this blog I had no idea where it would lead me or what it would become, I only know it was something I had to do. Little did I know that it would come to mean so much. You guys are awesome! I have bonded a little with each of you and when I see your smiling face in your flower I am reminded again about how special you are. We each have different stories yet there is a common thread.
I've watched the friendships develop and the support you guys have offered one another, warms my heart. As I approach 2013 I continue to be committed to sharing more and more stories. You can be my other set of eyes. Help me find those special creative Late Bloomers with a story to tell. You can refer them to the site or give me their contact info and I will invite them. The more the merrier!
Stay tuned for the next stories to return in January 2013.
From now until then I am transitioning from a PC to a Mac and it takes me downloading all my programs.
I think if I had a choice, I might have considered pressing the ‘please make me a Non-Late Bloomer’ button before descending down the baby slide. I say ‘might have’ because obviously, being a non-late bloomer would have prevented a lot of wasted time waffling around wondering who and what I was most of my teens, twenties and thirties. But then again, taking after my Mom in every way (who is also a ‘late bloomer’ and tremendously successful), I think being a late bloomer is pretty okay, too. Yes I waffled about. Yes I wasted time I could have committed to my passion. But - I probably wouldn’t be the happily crazed, uber-focused professional artist I am today had I not bloomed late.
Growing up, I definitely knew I was a late bloomer. After all, I had been told I was one for as long as I can remember…which I always thought was a really nice way of saying “boiling water may be the crowning achievement of you life.” Though it was nice to be told and reassured that I would bloom late, it left me wondering if I would ever really truly discover my path.
Hoorah for the late bloomers!
At 40, I discovered my passion. Art and creating art! I finally bloomed! Actually, art was a seed planted in my childhood, taking its sweet time to root, grow, and eventually bud. Even though I sorta knew way back in my brain that I was really a visual artist, the late bloomer had to first cull through all the other stuff I “wanted” to be, but was not destined for like: An actor. A model. A marriage counselor. A pastor. A PhD. All wonderful aspirations, but not my destiny. But visual artist? That is the root of who I am, the bane of my existence today. It’s how I express myself, and connect with humanity. It is my true calling, and my true passion which took its sweet time simmering for forty long years. I am creating every day now, and truly have never been happier in my life.
I started drawing in Sept of 2009 when out of boredom I sketched a picture of a chair in our living room. It took me three hours to sketch that chair, but while doing it I felt like I was "in the zone" as so many artists say. If there is a "zone" I was definitely in it because I felt like I had tapped a part of my brain that had never been used before. I had always been in the arts in some way...dance...music...crafts...but drawing felt different, maybe because it had something to do with being in my 40's and having grown children. I am not sure. Four months later I started using acrylic paint after a friend suggested it and I was completely hooked.
My passion? Many things...family for sure...I have only two sons, but a large extended family that keeps us very busy. I spend hours on the phone talking to family and visiting family. I have one son that lives in Montana (we live in Kansas) so trying to stay connected to him and his family is a challenge, but it's so important to me. I also feel very passionate about art..looking at it and making it. Music...I used to play piano and cello...now my iPod is my instrument of choice. You will hear everything from movie soundtracks to Beethoven to Radiohead to Journey at my house. My youngest son is studying classical piano so our house is constantly filled with music. I absolutely love to hike...though it's hard to find the kind of hiking we like in Kansas so we don't get to do it often, just a few times a year. I adore being outdoors so I work in my yard and take daily walks with my Golden Retriever. I love coffee, iced cafe mochas and Barnes and Noble.
You can find me here on my blog and from there you will find links to other places like my art for sale gallery and Twitter and Facebook.http://lisagrahamart.blogspot.com/