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My friend at the IRS called.

Hallelujah and Good Morning all y’all,

We got a verbal thumbs up from the IRS for non-profit status of NOLA Groundswell! Two years of proposing and waiting. We will have our paperwork within a month and can start writing grants for Samuel Square Park. For some reason, my grant thoughts float towards Pepsi.

On a whim, I grabbed Gator Girl off of my wall and painted, repainted and painted. Now I do think there is a limit of how much paint a girl can wear. I pushed that limit.

Gator Girl
Gator Girl

I am happy with her sexy new look and her new hair style. I have always loved the painting except her expression. I used Effy Wild’s beautiful lips as an inspiration. (Thanks, Effy.) I still have a little skin tone to work out… maybe. Maybe I am happy. I hope she is still your favorite painting, Stacy.

I might also be finished with the Mermaid. I struggled with having the tail be a little camouflaged in the water or popping. I decided her tail should blend in. The blending is probably why we rarely see Mermaids.

Mermaid
Mermaid

Maggie thinks she needs a shell painted over her breast, but loves her tiara. I like to talk with Maggie, because we can discuss what Mermaids really wear.

I painted all day, every day this week because next week is the beginning of company coming to New Orleans. House guests will taper off sometime in June. It will be a blast.

And if you are worried that we are full up, just let that thought go. There is always room for you.

With abundant and never-ending love,

Gator Girl

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A Series of Miracles (and it’s only Wednesday)

Hi all y’all!

I feel so happy to be back in the land of the living. A virus had me in its terrible jaws.

Let me begin with the miracles.

#1 The mission of NOLA Fusion is to help out small businesses in New Orleans by sharing information. Gator Girl Art is their featured business for March! The miracle part is that I sent them my information and the VERY next day… featured.

#2 Three of my paintings are hanging at UrbanRoots…visibly hanging, visible to the public.

#3 Last month, I wrote that it would be nice if someone came to my house and bought a painting. I was feeling a little frustrated at the time because I didn’t know where I wanted to sell my paintings or how to make it happen. Yesterday, a couple driving from California to Florida, stopped by my house and bought a painting. Seriously.

The couple bought Making Amends.

Making Amends

I think letting go of making it all happen versus letting it happen is the key. I think when you hold too tightly to the outcome of anything, you impede the outcome.

I have a more complete painting of Dream Little Chief.

Dream Little Chief
Dream Little Chief

I started a new painting. Step One.

The Beginning
The Beginning

I am pretty excited about the first two days of this week and extremely grateful for  money to keep my dream afloat.

Abundant in miracles and gratitude,

Wishing the best to you,

Gator Girl