NHVRyWow!  Brenda Priest of Your Door & More is now the Artist in Residence at the New Hope Valley Railway and North Carolina Railroad Museum!  I have been working on illustrating the oil steam engine for the NHVRy for a month or so.  I delivered the completed illustration today to  Bob Crowley, the Corporate Secretary (the man that runs all things related to NHVRy.)

This donation now qualifies me as Artist in Residence status.  He will be using my illustration to sell in the Museum Gift Shop, for etched glassware and many other things yet to be determined.

This illustration really challenged me as an artist. I had never drawn a train before.  I have to admit, the thought of the task daunted me for a few weeks, just the thought of drawing a train!  I honestly avoided the project.  One day, I just sat down and put my thinking cap on and just got down to business.  It was hard, but in hind-site, no harder than anything else I have done.  The task felt larger than it was.  I broke it down to sections and focused on one at a time.  Good life lesson here Brenda.  One thing at a time, no multi-tasking here, just baby steps in the forward direction.  Reminds me of the old song, ‘put one foot in front of the other…’  That simple philosophy worked for me before, must remember that for my next challenge, as there will be numerous.

I would love to reveal the illustration to my fans now, but I will be using it at an upcoming event, and don’t want to spoil it!  Keep on checking my blog for further details.

Brenda Priest
Your Door & More

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