I live in Dallas with my husband and we have a blended family of six children. In 2006 I picked up my paint brush after a long career in interior design, as well as a children's clothing manufacturing business named B's T's, and raising children. Painting is a thrilling challenge for me. Thank you for viewing my blog. If you have questions about my work, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit my web site at brendabogart.com.
“You're always trying to get things to come out perfectly in art ‘cause it’s a little bit different in life.” Annie Hall
My daughter Stephanie sent me this quote recently after a conversation we had musing about my desire to control and the trouble it gets me in (maybe that’s one reason I have so many last names). The talent to create was planted in me by God, which I have used to craft some good things; like interior environments, clothing and art. But it’s that little dark side of me, that part that gets such pleasure out of controlling something or someone that really gets me going.
When life gets real, I know how to escape the pain for a secret moment, create something of beauty, and therefore control how someone feels. It could be the way I set the lighting and music just right for when my husband walks in the door at night….the way I want the house to smell like a real tree when my family comes home for Christmas (even though it gives me a headache)….the happy designs I created in my children’s clothing line….. the way I can put words together to teach what Jesus is doing my life……the way I sometimes want to cry when I am mixing colors for a painting.
But this art thing, maybe this is the thing that has control of me. I don’t paint and draw to bring pleasure to someone else, to earn a paycheck, or to fulfill an assignment. I do it because of that feeling I get, that feeling of enjoying God and His pleasure….the pleasure He must get in knowing I am so enjoying this gift He gave me!