I was very fortunate to showcase my work over the Christmas Holidays at Nonni’s Bistro in downtown Pleasanton. Three art pieces sold: “Mother and Child,” “Masked Dancer,” and “Cherry Blossom.” I know two went to wonderful homes and I’m sure the third one did too. Part of me feels elated knowing these pieces now light up other people’s lives. However, it’s an odd feeling when you “put” a part of yourself into a painting that then moves “out” and continues a life of its own. I wonder if this is what parents feel when their fledglings grow strong enough to fly out: they are ready and eager to influence the world, but you do miss having them around.