At 17 I put away my dream to be an artist. Art turned from dream to hobby. Sometimes people mistook me for an artist–usually because I wore a scarf or long earrings or too many bracelets. I don’t know. What do people mean when they say, “You look like an artist.”
I figured they meant, “You look weird,” but “artist” was more polite.
But I also wanted to be a writer and was happy enough to pursue that dream instead.
When I was 39, the barista in charge of scheduling art for my favorite coffee shop asked me if I wanted to hang my art on their walls. She was scheduling a year out and she had a spot. She’d only once seen a few sketches I’d done, and an art show…? Since when I had ever thought of having an art show?
But she and a friend talked me into it.
The idea was crazy. I’d never had a show. I wasn’t an artist. Although I was terrified. Well, I reasoned, have the show and move on with life.
But someone came to the show asked me to apply to the fine art festival. I couldn’t do that! I wasn’t a real artist. I let my husband talk me into it.
Someone from the festival introduced me to a shop owner. The shop owner asked if she could sell my art. Well…okay.
A musician saw my art online and asked me to design his CD cover.
Someone else commissioned me to do art for an anniversary gift.
I sold quite a lot of art–and much of it not to friends and family, but people who’d never met me.
And now I’ve met Niamh Clune, the founder of Plum Tree Books. Plum Tree is her vision, her dream, and she’s invited me to be part of that. I would never have met her if it hadn’t been for that barista. She was my butterfly.
That barista moved on to another city a while ago. She doesn’t know how she changed my life. I doubt a butterfly knows it wings are rumored to cause hurricanes. What a butterfly that would be if it knew.
Maybe you’ve changed someone’s life, and you don’t even know.
So, Niamh and The Plum Tree have published an anthology–The Butterfly Effect. Who knows what might happen if you took a look?
Other participants in The Butterfly Effect are C.C.Cole
Niamh Clune, and
Nicole Smith. More to come.