Soleil, the Artist

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Soleil, my 17 year old, is a senior in high school and applying for art school. Schools she is considering include Louisiana State University (in state but low on her priority list as she wants to move out of state), Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (her #1 choice because she is in lust with New York), Rhode Island School of Design, and Savannah College of Art and Design (my husband and I are leaning toward this choice – in addition to art school, it’s a college and set in the beautiful Southern town of Savannah). Ultimately, we have to see where the $$ falls… We’re hoping for a great scholarship/financial aid package. Soleil has the grades, test scores, and school involvement (she is fifth in her class with a 3.63 GPA, received a 28 on the ACT, and is very involved in school). Okay, yes, I am a proud mama!

We have been working hard on getting her art portfolio together. Here are samples of her art pieces. This piece, done in graphite, is called “I am Woman; Hear Me Roar.”

I am Woman; Hear Me Roar

This next piece, rendered in ink, is called “Lone Wolf.”

Lone Wolf

This next one is called “Slave to Fashion.” I love the concept of this piece. It was rendered in Prismacolor colored pencils.

Slave to Fashion

The following piece is a photograph of her sister, Eliana (who was 5 years old at the time), that Soleil took and developed. It is titled “Sleeping Beauty.”

Sleeping Beauty

This final piece, done in ink and water colors, was commissioned by me for my Kamishibai story, “The Magic Pot.”

The Magic Pot

Soleil wants to be a children’s book illustrator. I think she’s well on her way.

I have had so many people make comments like, “She’s so smart! Why are you encouraging her to go to art school?” As a successful “artist” (performing and literary, not visual) myself, how can I not?! I believe that if you are passionate about your dreams, then you should pursue them. Because Soleil has grown up with me as the model of artist entrepreneur, I know she understands how much work goes into establishing a successful career in the arts. I also think that she has the drive and determination to create a successful career for herself.

Life is too short not to try to live your dreams. Where there is a will, there is always a way. Soleil, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

So friends, find your way and go in the direction of your dreams. You can do it!

Warmly, Dianne