Lori Portka thought she would have a long career working in a school and a lasting marriage, too.
Neither came true.
She got divorced and, in my favorite line from her bio, "I have degrees in education and counseling and I am so grateful that I am not working in those fields. Art feels like home to me."
For the last year and a half, Portka has been painting portraits of 100 people she is grateful for. The project is appropriately titled A Hundred Thank-Yous and is currently on display in New York state.
But, if it ever comes to Chicago, I am first in line!
In the spirit of Stop and Blog the Roses and A Hundred Thank-Yous, today, I am grateful for the people who've inspired me and who I've painted - with words - over the past two years. To name a few ~
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And, if you're in the market for a birthday gift ~ or a gift for yourself ~ why not give the gift of gratitude? The non-calendar version of Roses, the book, is now available on Amazon here.