Something happened recently, and it’s sort of taken on a life of it’s own.
Life has been full of ups and downs this year, the loss of a family member much too soon was the worst of it, the flood and it’s aftermath not far behind. There have also been lots of changes with my family and my overall attitude toward life.
In September, after going through a box of memories, much having to do with time spent down in Florida, visiting Walt Disney World, I decided I needed to bring some lightness back into my life. Something whimsical. Something magical.
Being in Indiana has it’s ups and downs. Life, the flood and the way it left the house seem to have compounded the downs. It not only took over my mood, but my art. Everything I painted was dark and moody. Even the gorgeous landscapes of summer took on a drab palette.
It wasn’t long after I found that box that I also found out that the 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom was coming in 2021. The universe was poking me…
So, since I couldn’t go down and escape to the twinkling lights, castles and fantasy of the place, I decided to do a project that would let me wander through those memories while staying here and dealing with life as I’ve come to know it.
I didn’t suspect it would mean much to the rest of the world, it was going to be mostly for me. A personal little bit of focused intention to make inner world a better place.
I started making sketches, playing with ideas, and created an Instagram account that would be separate from my normal account so I wouldn’t leave my friends scratching their heads thinking “focusing on Disney at her age??”. Then I started posting my little sketches and memories.
Evidently, I’m not the only one who wants to escape to Disney more than once every few years. To my amazement, @Bits_Of_Magic has grown from zero to 1400 followers and counting in just six weeks. People are asking for prints and for merchandise which was not even a thought in the beginning. And the nicest thing…I found people that weren’t focused only on politics and anger, but on finding happiness every day, albeit through Disney, but it was something besides looking for the negative in every corner of life.
And so here we are. My first post on the website about Disney. You may be hearing much more about this in the coming months. It’s set to be a three year project and I honestly have no idea where it’s heading.
So, here’s to Walt, and his world. To imagination, fairy dust and sparkling bits of magic that heal the soul.