The Elephant

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So…I definitely believe that art is therapy. I have started asking the students that attend my art events or cooking classes, what prompted them to sign up? Often times, they will tell me about a personal struggle that caused them to re-evaluate their life and start investing in things that give them more peace and joy.

I recently experienced a “major life event.” I consider myself to be a very positive, glass half full, kind of gal. But life is life, and it is impossible to avoid disappointment. Of course, when disappointment strikes, it can feel stressful or sad. I have learned that when I spend my time creating something, I feel better. It is very therapeutic for me.

I bought a large canvas a couple of months ago with the intention to work on something  to update a drab room in my home. I was inspired to paint this elephant from a painting I saw at my friend Heather’s house. My kids went to bed early and my husband was working. I went to the basement to get started. As fate would have it, when I was looking for some art supplies, I found my oldest son’s baby photo album on a shelf.  We had his first college tour scheduled for the morning, so I was already feeling a little sad.  I sat down and took a stroll down memory lane.



August, 1997

I cried my eyes out for a few then put it back on the shelf. I put on my Barbra Striesand Pandora station. This station has been perfected to sprinkle in some more colorful artists like David Bowie and The Cure. I finally sat down and went to work.

Within a couple of hours I was singing show tunes with “Babs” and calling Tom for  ground control with Davie. I felt 100% better. The process made me happy and I am very pleased with the end result. I finished this last night after about 5 hours of work. When I finally went to sleep I had a dream that I was showing Oprah Winfrey how to paint a piece of furniture and then I was caring for a baby. When Oprah shows up in your dreams you know that’s therapy! When your bucket gets so depleted, you have to take the time to fill it up with positive and rewarding things. Replace the bad with good.

Here are the stages of this painting.













I hung it up this morning in our master bathroom and then headed out for the college tour.


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I believe the elephant fills the space wonderfully and was just what this room needed.

…And on a side note, the tour was a success; despite my two little ones tagging along. I am so proud of him and of course glad that he will be going to college.  I just can’t believe he is going so soon.



Welcoming the next chapter.

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Amy Foster

    October 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Good morning. My name is Amy Foster, and I have a little girl turning 10 in November. I know that you do parties for GNO’s with some painting and wine. 🙂 I was wondering is you also do kid’s parties. Allyson is a dancer and I thought it would be fun if for this party, the girls could paint something along those lines. I am not even sure you do this for children, but I thought I would write and find out. I am just trying to think of something memorable that has not been overdone. 🙂 Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you. My cell if 761-1811.
    Thanks –
    Amy Foster

    • Lindee Katdare

      March 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      I am so sorry for not responding. I just read this today….in March! I don’t know how I missed this. My sister did most of the kid’s parties. I have done a couple pre-teen. Feel free to email me if you have more questions or ideas.


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