Good News! We are alive! We have not been abducted and swallowed up by the enormous state of China.
Actually I was abducted.
By the great state of South Carolina.
There’s an explanation for my absence. I have a good excuse. Ok, not a GOOD excuse, but it sounds better than I’m lame, and TERRIBLE at multi-tasking.
On November 21, just before the US Thanksgiving I landed in Greenville, SC and was greeted by several of my siblings and friends. I spent a couple of days enjoying and visiting with my family and then…
I had to paint.
A whole lot.
In a very short amount of time.
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this around here before, but I’m a mural artist by profession. I own my own business drawing and painting custom artwork in the upstate of South Carolina. And the day before we moved to China I got a call from a dentist in Spartanburg. He’s building a brand new pediatric dental office opening in January, and he wanted me to paint it. He had some awesome ideas for a Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn theme and wanted all the walls and ceiling painted. I listened to the pitch and was getting excited thinking about all the great possibilities, however, I was quickly brought back to reality.
“It sounds like a fantastic idea and a great job. But there’s one problem… I’m moving to China. Tomorrow.”
“Like China, NC?”
For some reason, I get that response a lot. China? usually followed by either GA or NC. Because people in SC can’t believe that you could be moving any farther than that. As a matter of fact, sometimes I find it hard to believe too.
“No. China, like the other side of the world, China.”
“Ok, then. I guess that would be a long commute.”
And he was devastated he wouldn’t be getting a Studio Z original.
Studio Z. It’s a big name in these parts, you know.
Alright, maybe that’s a stretch, but a girl can dream, right?
And so I moved. But I kept thinking about the painting.
As an artist, when you get an offer like that, and you really like the client, and you’re really excited about the subject and the idea and the possibilities. Those usually combine for a really great project. And I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. So after the big move and a week or two of settling in, I devised a plan to make his dream come true.
And so I was commissioned to paint a very large, very detailed mural at Spartanburg Pediatric Dentistry. Somehow I managed to convince myself that I could paint a 900 square foot mural in 3 weeks. For those of you who aren’t familiar with murals and wall paintings, (or who use the really confusing but much superior metric system and do conversions like me…) that’s big. Really big.
So anyway, I painted…
7-10 hours a day for 3 weeks. Including a Saturday and Sunday.
I really really missed my Chinese massage lady. In fact, it’s one of the things I miss most about China.
But I finished.
I finished the day before the hubby flew into town and 3 days before the Christmas holidays. Since then, I really don’t have a good excuse. Except I was busy gaining 10 pounds from consuming every bit of Dunkin Donuts coffee and Zaxby’s and Five Guys and Chick-fil-A I could get my hands on. I figure I need to store up as much as possible before I head back to winter hibernation from cheese and fries and sweet potato casserole.
We head back to China on January 6th and we will be back to your regularly scheduled crazy, unbelievable China stories immediately. And thanks to the most awesome Christmas present from my fabulous husband,
hopefully I’ll be able to add some cool video footage from the Middle Kingdom when we get back.