Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Monday, February 17, 2014
I went to a funeral today of a marvelous man. He and his wife were very nice and welcoming to me as a member of our church, St. Thomas More Catholic Community. I learned some great lessons as I listened to his son Brother John Eustice deliver the Homily in remembrance of his Dad.
First, Bob (that was his name, Bob Eustice) used a quote that I learned a few years ago and use quite often , "Bloom Where You Are Planted.". These few words say so much about accepting life as it is exactly where you are. I have had to call on this often in the past few years as I have tried to embrace the aging process.
Second, Bob was a treasure hunter, he enjoyed the process and it did not matter if he was successful at finding the treasure, the thing that mattered most was having fun. As I listened to this in church today I thought about my art. I post items on Facebook and in groups hoping that I will get comments or acceptance. Sitting in that pew this morning I learned a great lesson. It does not matter if I get approval, it does not matter if no one leaves a comment. What does matter is this....how do I feel about what I have done? The picture above Brings a smile to my face. In fact I LOVE it. I really do and that is what really matters.
Third and most important, be able to play and get along with everyone. When what you do in life
brings joy to you and to others, when you can all play in the same sandbox and get along....your life has been successful and that is my answer on how I want to spend the rest of my life.
I may not sell one painting, I may not paint or draw as beautifully as many of the paintings that I see, I may not even get it right, but as long as I am having fun, that is all that matters.
So, I thank Bob, for his friendship, the words of wisdom that impressed his son so much that he shared them with us today. I thank God for the privilege of getting to know Natalie and Bob
But most of all I am thankful that my ears were open to hear the words that spoke to my heart today and made it smile.
I think I am going to frame the picture above, it is calling me and I am going to answer.
Until next time.....
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
image, a photo by momoo50 on Flickr.
I am participating in lifebook again this year. This is a painting from week 4. Tried a new technique I learned from Donna Downey. The flowers were originally white. I painted them with gesso, then saffron yellow acrylic paint and covered with Utee embossing powder. I really liked working on this page.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I found so much solace in these creative pursuits and for the life of me I cannot remember when it all changed. I have a feeling it was a gradual progression of inner critic voices telling me that I could not draw, I could not sew, I could not…… I often sit and think about this and try to figure it out, but nothing comes to me as some great incident other than the fact that I was riddled with strong self-doubt. I just never felt good enough which is kind of sad because I know that I missed many opportunities because I did not believe in myself.
I have been working on two projects today (pictures to come later). It took me most of the week to convince myself that I could do them and once I got started, I realized just how much fun I was having and how rewarding it was to at least try.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is very subjective. Plus, and this is really big dear reader, if I continue to spend my time worrying about what others will think, I will never get anything done. I had to ask myself why I am creating, why I am taking online classes and what do I want to feel at the end of the day. These are very valid questions that have made me dig deep to see just what is it I want to do? I do not have the answers today, they will be part of my journey through change/release for 2014. I hope that I will have some sort of answers as the year progresses.
One of the online projects, Journal52, that I am working on this year had us make a simple journal. On the cover I put the words OPEN UP which is part of my process, open up and let the creative juices really flow. I find that I can be very closed and rigid. Each line has to be just right, no coloring outside the line. Have precise guidelines….I realized where this comes from, I was a trainer, project manager, project analyst for nearly 30 years. My life was project plans, meeting deadlines and keeping everything on track. There was no time to plan, what with job, raising children and attending college. Even when I made greetings cards which I love, I drew a project plan for making cards. So as part of my year of change, I realized I am no longer a project manager. My life does not have to be so rigid and structured, I can plan and have fun. I can mix colors that are not supposed to jell. I can draw a face with wonky eyes and most of all I can just play.
I think I am writing this today to give myself permission…..permission to really enjoy what I do and to open up to new and exciting possibilities. There is no picture with this post today. Do not need one. I just need to listen to my words, embrace them, love them and live them.
So that is it for today dear reader…..I sure to hope that I follow my own advice during 2014. We shall see.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
The photo being posted represents week 1 from Life Book 2014. I am going to try and post weekly this year. I have to be more confident in my work and embrace it as a real part of me.
I have many projects scheduled for 2014 and one of them is to continue to work on my art. My goal is to learn to paint faces with ease. Right now I think about it too much and become tentative. Let's see how it goes by December 31, 2014.