Tuesday, August 6, 2013

This is My Story



Often people are surprised by my passion to paint old abandoned trucks. I suppose a small woman tackling these large pieces of metal, machinery and rust might seem a bit peculiar. Perhaps they think women only paint flowers (giggle). But you see…old trucks are like a dear friend to me. My truck paintings came out of a difficult time in my life, a time when I was hurting. Those overwhelming feelings suffocated my creative voice and I lost my ability to paint. I couldn’t find the passion in my heart. 

...then everything changed when a little 1952 Chevrolet truck came into my life. I found a passion that I never knew before! This new passion opened doors in my life that were closed before. My truck paintings went on to be featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine, national watercolor exhibits, and solo shows. 
The most important thing that happened is this...Mike (my husband) was wise and sensitive enough to see I was lost. He found a way (an old truck) to bring me back home again. In the end I think we were both surprised how this little truck helped me find my voice again!

I would like to share my story with you through a short video. I think you’ll be uplifted and inspire.

This is my story. Click here to see my short film.


Happy Painting!
Brenda


 

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful video~ It is a work of art!

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    1. Thanks Pat! When I saw Cinepop Media's work I knew they would present my story in a beautiful artistic way. I weren't disappointed!!

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  2. Thank you Brenda. I have been lost all summer. Just couldn't paint. This video has really touched me and has helped me . The video is truly a work of art in itself.

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    1. Sharon, Time has a way of revealing her plan. In the meantime keep your brushes wet and don't give up! Sending hugs ♥

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  3. A lovely video and story Brenda, how wonderfully lucky it is to have the support of ones partner so a passion can be pursued

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    1. Lorraine, Each day I count my blessings!I am married to a man who knows my heart so well.

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  4. What an inspiring movie! I want to watch it every time I get discouraged in my painting life. Thank you for sharing such a personal story!

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    1. Liz, you are more than welcome! We need to share our stories and encourage each other.

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  5. Wow! I had a big smile on my face through the whole video. I loved seeing you drive that beautiful truck. Your hubby's not bad either. :-) What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Karen, I think he's a cutie, too! I call my truck Bess and she is every bit a girl truck.

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  6. That is a beautiful video! I understand just how lost an artist can feel without a voice. I have recently found a new voice/subject, It makes the whole world look different dosn't it! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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    1. Felicity, what an exciting time for you. Happy Painting!

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  7. A lovely story, Brenda. May God continue to bless you and your family through your art and life in general.

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    1. Thank you...
      and may you be blessed also.

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  8. Beautiful video of your story! It just blessed my heart, thank you for sharing. My husband has inspired & encouraged me in my artwork as well. I had my husband watch your video, he smiled because I've told him that he inspires & challenges me every day. We love old trucks too, just don't have one YET:) Maybe one day.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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    1. Theresa, Glad you shared the video with your husband. We are blessed to have strong and loving men in our lives. Hugs!

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  9. Fabulous video, Brenda. It really captured "you!" I enjoyed seeing your lovely truck and Mike again. So inspiring.

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  10. What a heartwarming story, Brenda. I have a deep love of vintage cars/trucks. 1953 is the year I entered High School in San Diego Co. I learned to drive a stick shift in my dad's 1947 Chevvy Panel Truck, that I loved to pile all the neighborhood kids into and haul to the beach. I would love to have that panel truck back in my life. The man down the street had a fully restored one out in his drive way one day. I had to stop and admire it, told him my story....he said come sit inside, you can drive it if you want. The minute I sat behind the wheel I burst into tears, I was so flooded with memories of that truck. He was astonished, to say the least. Poor man! HA...

    Your truck Bess is a beauty. I know she means the world to you. Thanks for sharing your sweet story and thank God for all the good men out there who love us. I have a great one too.

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    1. Joan, What a delightful story. You sound like someone after my own heart!

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  11. very much inspired by the video and how to make 'best out of waste' was also just beautiful.

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  12. Brenda, what a beautiful story, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Your artwork is an absolute delight.

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  13. I just love your paintings of trucks. We also have an old truck. A 53 chevy.
    I have the art bag you recomended and just love it. I don't know how many people have painted there's but I gave it a try. If you would like to see it it is on my blog. I also have been posting all of my sketches of the 75 day challenge there and on my facebook( Sharon Grace). I have 22 to go. I have loved this challenge and it has given me the confidence I need to do art again.
    Thank you so much!
    Blessings!
    Sharon

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    1. Sharon, That's wonderful! I will stop by your blog. Keep up the sketching!

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  14. Brenda, what an inspiring and beautiful video. I live in Missouri and if you ever come to the Kansas City area I welcome you to get in touch and I will show you an amazing, old treasure of "junk" car/truck yard. It's a treasure. I too have an 2 old trucks myself but my husband has always been to busy to do anything with them and when hard times came we sold them. I always tell him that is what I would like to have someday. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Stacey

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    1. Stacey, You're very welcome. Old trucks do have a way of pulling at our heart strings. Hopefully you'll have one of your own to drive and enjoy...someday! Brenda

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  15. I am in love with your truck paintings. Where can I purchase them? ~Deb

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    1. Deb, Thank you for interest in my artwork and more specifically my truck paintings. Is there a certain painting your interested in?
      ~Brenda

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