I’m so excited! Houston’s COMICPALOOZA is this weekend! I participated in my very first Comic Con at Comicpalooza 3 years ago ……or was it 4 years ago? I always have so much fun that they all blur together! Have you ever visited my artist table at a ComicPalooza? If so please comment below and include the selfie we took?!
Anyhow, since that first Comic Con at ComicPalooza, I’ve participated in over 100 around the world! Isn’t that crazy cool! I do LOVE my job, but more importantly I LOVE LOVE LOVE the people I meet, the friends I’ve made, the artists that have inspired me, and YOU the fabulous FAN, it’s YOUR energy, your enthusiasm, your support that make it all possible. My heartfelt Thank YOU! Consider yourself big bear HUGGED! Obviously I’m channeling my Mom AGAIN🤗
The night my Mom died last week, I told my Dad and my Sister Melissa Layton Corrigan that I wanted to take a small piece of art from one of Moms many collections. A small keepsake I can carry with me in my art bag on my travels. They encouraged me with another round of tearful hugs.
I couldn’t make up my mind during last weeks trip, so on this weeks trip I came determined to decide. I looked at all her penguins gathered throughout the house in little tribal groups, then I looked at her collection of sculpted hands. Small hands, large hands, wooden hands, bronze hands, pointing hands, and reaching hands. Then I looked at her angels, then at her bears, then at her phenomenal assortment of hearts…I couldn’t decide, Each grouping looked in perfect balance. Not too many, not too few…removing one felt like I’d be destabilizing the universe.
With 20 minutes remaining until I had to depart for the airport, I took a pause in my search. I needed to get my clothes out of the dryer. As I was unloading the dryer my memories where thick with years of laundry moments with Mom and Dad. Doing laundry has always been a very important daily ritual at their house. As I continued to unload, one of my Moms wash clothes fell out onto my shoe. I picked it up and completely broke down. I felt Moms joy and delightful humor smile in my heart. Between sobs and gasps I told Mom she was worth every tear and so many more. I folded this precious washcloth and put it in my bag. I had found my Mom Keepsake.
Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms!
HUGE thank you HUGS to the HUNDREDS of moms past students and friends who have communicated with me their wonderful memories of her. So many of you are wanting to attend some sort of tribute event for her. My Father and my sister Melissa Layton Corrigan have some wonderful ideas to celebrate Moms life, once they pick a date and venue I’ll share it with you all👍.
After her 40 plus years of teaching I’m calculating 🤔….that’s got to be over 12,000 students she inspired! My input to Moms celebration, “Sis we’ve got to find one BIG venue, there are going to be a lot, seriously A LOT of people!” See, aren’t I an insightful helpful big brother 🤪
So, all of you alumni and friends of Mom, spread the word, share our posts, be ready to block in your calenders! News of date/time/venue coming soon👍. What a JOYFUL gathering this is going to be!
I’ve witnessed grace and love in its purest form this week. My Mom, my Hero, my earliest inspiration, my greatest cheering fan, has died.
I watched in tearful awe as my sister Melissa and yessi and my father stood vigil at her side caring for her, adjusting her air tubes, repositioning her, lotioning her elbows, tag teaming the nurses for Moms pain meds, feeding her ice chips, brushing her bangs,24/7 for 8 days. We 3 brothers Karl, Steve, and I came in from distant points hearing the urgency in Melissa and Dads voices. We pitched in what we could, the keystone cops offering comic relief for mom. Patrick shuttling back and forth between work and their kids, bring Mellissa supplies (candy) and love for mom. Tina comforting the room with her humor and joyful compassion, laughing at our irreverent humor holding moms hand, Karl giving Melissa relief on one of her all nighters. Our sister Lisa coming down with Wade and Cole. The grand kids Olivia, Ian, Clay, Finn, Claire, taking their turns holding moms tiny frail hands for hours and hours. Laurel FaceTiming from Spain and rushing home to LAX to see her Nanna. Mario FaceTiming from Texas to tell Grandpa Harry and Grandma he loves them. My brother Karl buying 20 orchids, Moms favorite flower, his mission…to line the hallway and nurses station for moms next walk.
Mom never saw all of Karl’s beautiful orchids, but she did see her family, her legacy, circle the wagons around her, a solid wall of love.
I just drew the lilies on page 126 of your book, and I’ve attached a copy. I’m going to do it again, but this time I’m going to try to place the two on the ends behind the center flower.
I love working with your book. It’s the perfect antidote to staring at my computer screen or phone. Thanks so much for the great instruction.
Thank you for the Happy Email! You can Draw in 30 days!
DRAW! DRAW! DRAW!
Myself my name is Logendhra, living in India. I just wrote this E-mail to pay my gratitude towards your work on the book “You Can Draw in 30 Days”. Before starting to read this book, I had no good feeling about the time guaranteed in the book. But as soon as I started to read on the book, I felt like an professional artist. Within an hour, I completed 3 chapters and kept on going. Also the funny things and other persons work you mentioned in the book builts confidence stronger. Therefore I am kindly thanking you for the book you gave us. And also I become a great fan of your’s work.
Congratulations on future works….