Today I officiated at a funeral for Iona, a woman who lived to be 95. From all I heard, she lived her life on her own terms, as a strong, independent, and caring woman, who helped her family and friends, and made significant contributions to her community. Iona was active in several service organizations in Harrow, including the Full Circle Thrift Shop, which makes used household goods available to have a new life, by selling them at affordable prices.
If that was not enough inspiration to keep working at being a decent human, I also got to meet some members of her family.
Meagan, (known in the gaming and Twitch communities as theladymea), and Carson, who has a great Instagram page featuring his art called carsondrewit, are Windsor-based artists.
Meagan showed me photos of a miniature gaming figure she hand-painted, using very small, fine brushes she inherited from her great aunt Iona, who painted ceramic figurines.
We had an excellent conversation about the latest Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame. I can’t write about anything we talked about, for fear of “spoiling” the movie for those who have not yet seen it.
They each do amazing work, and I encourage you to check them out. The first image below is one of Carson’s, called Duality.
This next one is by Meagan, of jousting knights.
Both Carson and Meagan participate in an online community called Twitch. I need to check this out. It is possible to watch a livestream video of them creating their art.
Meagan said she is able to earn a large part of her income selling commissioned paintings, and the ones she creates as thousands of viewers watch her online.
It has to be a lot more interesting to view Meagan with her brushes and acrylic paints, or Carson with his pen and inks, than it would be to watch me pecking away at a computer keyboard, writing.
What really brought light to my day was the commitment they have to encourage up and coming artists. They understand that part of what it means to be an artist, is to nurture the creative urge in others. They pass along their love and joy for what they do.