On my way to the hotel I was thinking about what I was going to paint. I decided I wanted to paint mountains. I started to think of title ideas. Then I thought about the lounge and the sounds I hear often while painting there. I hear laughter a lot. Mountains of laughter. Yes! That's a great name. I read somewhere that as children we laugh hundreds of times a day, but when we become adults, we laugh less and less. Laughing is good for our well being & we forget that as adults. This painting is a reminder to keep laughing. Make time to laugh. The mountains represent the strength that laughter gives us. The stream represents the constant flow of laughter in our lives and reminding us to keep laughing. And the flowers represent the frequency in which we laugh every single day. That night I paid attention to the laughter I heard around the room and it made me happy.
After I washed out my brushes I glanced down the hall at the piano that has been calling my name to play it. Instead of waiting and allowing fear to build up inside me and never doing it, I asked one of the staff if it was ok to sit down and play the piano. She said, ‘Of course! We love it when our guests play the piano.” I played for a few minutes and it was very liberating to play again in public. It’s been many years. The same lady I asked to play came by later on and said, “That was so beautiful! I just wanted to stay and listen all night to you playing.” It felt nice to play and to have someone enjoy it too.