What it Takes to be Brave

5 Sep

This piece of art was inspired by my brave friends. Those who are dealing with relationship problems or a rough diagnosis or struggling to make a living or those who wonder if they will ever find love in this broken world. Whatever our trials, they never seem small when we are going through them. Living and acting on the life we have is an act of courage and defiance to the evil in this world.

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Here’s to the many brave people who get up every morning when they’d rather pull the covers over their head. Here’s to those who walk with pain or carry a painful heart as they go about their work, church and school. These brave souls realize the secret to being brave is not how we feel, but the action we take in response to life’s trials. Whatever happens, brave souls never give up or give in, they keep on looking up for the silver lining.

I especially want to dedicate this to all my friends who have had to deal with cancer this year. I send healing wishes and prayers for all of you! Bravo for fighting a good fight! And sometimes the fight is not about having a longer life, but having a better quality of the life we have today. Today is all any of us really have so let’s make it a good one.

I didn’t use any fancy techniques on this picture, I just painted a brave girl’s face and wrote the truth, but she caught the eye of a therapist friend who just opened a new practice near Seattle, Washington. Congrats to my friend and favorite therapist Lisa Boyl-Davis who will be putting this in her new office!

Talk about therapy–Jason Mraz has a great song that describes what it takes to be brave. Three things to do when your life falls apart. Enjoy!


EXTRA FOR MY ARTIST FRIENDS:

Here is how I package my art. When you sell online, it is all about the buyer’s anticipation. They have to wait to receive it, so it’s nice to make it worth their wait by dazzling them a little. You can do this by wrapping it cheerfully and adding an extra surprise for them.

1. Start with a business card. (These came from Moo. I punched a hole in them and added a string of hemp and a bauble for fun.)

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2. Add an extra surprise–I think a greeting card is perfect because it adds very little weight, is valuable for them and shows the great quality in case they might like to purchase some.

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3. Write the recipient’s name on the back of the picture and sign it (be sure to ask if it is for them or a gift).

4. Then I lay all of these inside the back of the picture and wrap it in tissue paper.

5. I write a personal thank you on a postcard and attach to the package with curling ribbon.

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6. The last step is to wrap it in bubble wrap before slipping it into a US Postal Service Mailer.

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Note: By charging $12 for mailing, I can afford the USPS mailer and tissue and insure it for up to fifty dollars.

8 Responses to “What it Takes to be Brave”

  1. Iris September 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this Cherilyn! I’ve sold a print I will be shipping next week and I’m a bit nervous as I want the person to be pleased, but I don’t have any postcards or anything made yet! Love how you used ribbon, It really adds a nice touch.

  2. Cherilyn Clough September 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Your art is lovely, Iris! I am sure they will be delighted. 🙂

  3. painted jaybird September 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Love your packaging tips Cherilyn! Great ideas. Your package looks beautiful! I love the card & tag & will look in to getting some myself. Thank you!

  4. Amelia Ponder September 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Cheri, what a gifted artist you are. Thank you for the plug, dear friend:) Can’t wait to hang that picture. Every day is a chance to bravely move, to act, to faithfully behave as if my simple daily tasks of care towards myself and others are noticed by God and he works all the harder at sending healing and love into my life.

  5. Cherilyn Clough September 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks Jaybird! Love your art! Good luck!

  6. Cherilyn Clough September 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank you Amelia! I know she will have a good home with you! I pray she and your practice bless many people. You are the bravest friend! ❤

  7. Amelia Ponder September 6, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    And when I’m not brave, I talk to my amazingly brave friend Cheri, and she makes me more brave, just hearing her words and love and care and prayers. I collect brave friends. She is in my treasured collection.

  8. Cherilyn Clough September 6, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Ah thank you Amelia! And you are in my treasured collection too!

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