Follow me as I transform the southern wall of Chateau de Leelanau’s tasting room in Suttons Bay, on Northern Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, from a bare expanse of brown to a colorful mural!
Day 1: Friday, May 16
Today this is my canvas: the south wall of Chateau de Leelanau in Suttons Bay. Let the party begin!
I was falling over exhausted, but giddy with the joy of it all. It’s thrilling! You know that feeling when you hurt all over and can’t stand up anymore, but you’re elated because you love the work and can’t believe how lucky you are to live your dream job? Yeah, that’s it!
Day 2: Saturday, May 17
I have to admit I was equal parts anxious and excited to rock out this mural. Knocking on wood, so far it’s been a dream. Today, I met several Stephanie Schlatter Art fans, and I’m thrilled you introduced yourselves! And the painting — well, it’s going great! I’m just so blessed to get to do what I love to do under this sun we all share with the extraordinary backdrop of Leelanau. Humbled, tired, blessed and oh so very filled with gratitude!
Pausing to taking a photo for the recipient of this print! (See photo at top of page.)
And the results at the end of the day…
Day 3: Sunday, May 18
Joseph Campbell famously said, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” He also said, “Follow your bliss.” Today embodied both quotes for me, and I was completely jazzed about it! Did you get to honor yourself and your bliss this weekend?
Day 4: Monday, May 19
So here’s the thing: creating rocks. I have always been moved by the concept of there was nothing there, and then hands made something. It’s so completely satisfying. Is it good? Does it matter? It’s subjective, but I felt tremendously satisfied by the process of making, of letting creation flow through me. That moves me; I hope it moves you, too!