Meet my sister, Vandy Massey. One of those people who has a gazillion ideas a minute. Her grasp of financial maths is amazing – Her spreadsheets are works of art and a wonder to me (the member of the family who still counts on her fingers and toes). Whenever I have a geek problem (like trying to get this website set up) – I call my sister, because she understands computers too!
A couple of years ago she decided that her logical number and code crunching self needed a bit of creative stimulation, so she toddled off to France and attended a week of art classes with Mark Judson and dabbled in all the media and materials on offer. I am not sure at which point she asked the innocent question: “What about watercolours?”. The answer was essentially: “Forget it, you’re a newbie, watercolours are the hardest paints to control”. But of course, being the person she is, she decided that watercolours would be her thing!
Her adventures have taken her to lots of different artists for tuition as well as workshops . Then she started painting, blogging and networking. She joined the 100 washes challenge with artists Maggie Latham, Jane Minter, Christy Lemp, Suzanne Linfield, Theresa Evans and Olivia Quintin and has continued to engage with artists all over the globe just for the love of creativity.
Let this be a lesson to all of us
Vandy connects people. Very often her blog post is not about her – but about another artists she has discovered, an exhibition or workshop she has attended, or a watercolour exercise that she has found useful. She is generous in her praise of other artists and is thrilled when they are successful. If you want a lesson in “give to get – in other words, by promoting others and talking about others, she gets talked about and is promoted as well – I suggest you follow Vandy and see how she does it.
She is almost annoying in her ability to run a business, investigate investments and, Hey! just throw some paint at paper in the moments in between.
And the point of this blog post?
Firstly: to reciprocate, for the many times she has mentioned me on her blog and on other people’s blogs – thanks Sis! Secondly : I received a postcard painted by Vandy last week and I realised that I now own three of her paintings. They clearly demonstrate the progress that this watercolour pilgrim has made in the last few years.
1. Tight and tentative
3. Loose and light
Now, if only I could get as good at spreadsheets, but then maybe not, they aren’t nearly as fun as art.