Note to Self - Life May Give you a Cactus

Note to Self - Life May Give you a Cactus


Life May Give You a Cactus, But You Don't Have to Sit on It - Notes to Self Series (acrylic on canvas). Original paintings with slight variations. See "About This Painting" for more information.

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    Acrylic Painting (Original)

    Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. This painting is offered in multiple sizes, each one an original with slight variations. Click "Select" above for sizes and pricing.


    Giclée Print (Reproduction)

    Open edition giclée print of original acrylic on your choice of fine art paper or gallery wrapped canvas. All of my prints are created using archival quality ink. Paper prints are on Hahnemühle Watercolor Fine Art archival paper which is acid-free, lightfast, and highly resistant to aging. Paper prints include a modest white border to allow for matting and framing. 

  • About This Painting

    The first Life May Give You a Cactus but You Don't Have to Sit on It painting (above) sold so quickly that it never made it to my website's online shop! Creating these whimsical paintings for my Notes to Self series is such fun that I'm now offering Life May Give You a Cactus in a variety of sizes; each an original acrylic with slight variations. No two are alike!

  • Artist's Note

    You would think that my first career as a teacher, trainer, and speaker on the topic of resiliency would have prepared me adequately to deal with challenging times. Let me tell you; I’m now a big believer in the saying, “We teach what we most need to learn!” Like most people, when times get tough, I forget (or neglect to practice) the skills to help me better cope. Thus, when times got extremely challenging for my family in 2019, I decided to paint some reminders to myself. Life May Give You a Cactus but You Don't Have to Sit on It is part of an ongoing series titled Notes to Self. I think of the individual paintings in the series as giant sticky notes to trigger my memory and make me smile. I hope they also remind you of a few of the things that can make you smile and make your life a little more pleasant; especially if times get tough.