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June 21, 2009


Stephanie, your art is beautiful. I especially love the meaning it has for you. I agree that when you really are going after a dream, there is a daring factor and overcoming the stumbling blocks makes the dream all the richer.
Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for sharing with us! I love that you're willing to tell us what the painting means to you before it's done. It's amazing that you've identified what it is you want, and how to symbolize it. Keep painting!

I loved this idea of the breath of life and your withholding your breath before you paint. And your paintings and what they mean to you become very powerful images - a picture really does have a thousand words. I like that you paint even though you don't feel good at it. I like that you help me see what others experience and think. Thanks for sharing.

The river of tears and the five ghost babies moved me to my own tears. I have my own lost dreams but nothing as poignant and painful as that. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful painting with us.

You've come full circle, and I think the final step is sharing with others your journey. I am better because of it. Your painting is beautiful.

For several years when I would visit Stephanie, I admired and loved a painting on her wall of my favorite neighborhood in Vienna. I just recently learned that it was she who had painted it!

I am thrilled that she is debuting some of her work on Dare to Dream. Her art is as emotionally rich and spiritually deep as she is, which should come as no surprise :)

That might be just the rough undercoat of your oil, but it is beautiful and moving! Thank you for sharing with us. I too hope to paint again, someday. So many dreams.

Thank you for daring to write and post your paintings online.

I think when we have fear in our lives it is our insecurity that doesn't want us to move forward--or dare. To me it is a sign that this is the direction I need to move forward.

Your paintings show both your fears and your dreams. By capturing your dreams and fears on canvas, you enable yourself to "breathe and let go" while moving ahead. Good for you for painting and sharing. I love your work!

Beautiful, beautiful paintings. I love the sailboat. Such amazing colors!

One of my favorite posts, Stephanie. I just love that you are willing to share something that you acknowledge as being a work in progress... something you're still working at...something not perfect. What courage! I really admire what you're doing with your painting. I don't know you, but I'm so proud of you!

Yay!! I'm excited to see you diggin down deep and using your courage. Your paintings are so cool. I'm so glad for you.

Thank you for sharing your innermost dreams.

Such beautiful work. Your River of Grief painting is so poignant. I know how hard it must have been to finish that painting, but it really speaks volumes about your life's journey and connects you to anyone that has experienced a sense of loss - whatever the specifics of that loss may be. Thank you.

I couldn't stop thinking about this painting yesterday, so I am commenting for a second time. I was trying to figure out why the image touched me so deeply. Great art doesn't typically wear its heart on its sleeve--it's usually more subtle and symbolic than the five ghost babies. However, as I pondered the painting's power, I realized two things. First, the ghost babies are metaphorical (hence symbolic). They don't have to be literal babies. They are the baby dreams or opportunities that have died, and the death of at least some dreams is a universal fact. The babies are a powerful metaphor precisely because the pain of losing a child is so exquisite.

Second, honesty in grief can overcome what might otherwise be banal in art. This painting made me think of "The Cross of Snow", Longfellow's sonnet on the eighteenth anniversary of the death of his beloved wife. The poem is poignant and exposed in the same way that this painting is. Another way of saying this is that authenticity is powerful. Your painting is not a manufactured emotion--it is raw and real, hence very powerful.

I appreciated your willingness to share your creative process with us. We all have griefs and losses to mourn and your painting of the forest with the river of tears and the babies poignantly and gently resonates with those very private and personal sorrows I am currently trying to understand in my own life.

I think one of the greatest steps of courage we can take is to allow ourselves not to be perfect, to accept all that we are--as we are--in this moment. Thank you for physically demonstrating that with your sailing picture. Many more of us would dare to dream if we could be as comfortable as you are with the process and the product at each stage of its development.

I am so happy to discover this blog. I plan to return and read more whenever I need a little creative inspiration. Thank you!

your courage and the way you express your process is inspiring. thanks!

Stephanie, are you my niece?
Were you born on Frday, November 13th, 1959?
Is your Mom Joan, my sister?

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.


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