My cat recently ate my fish. I’m a little bitter about it. Mostly because I liked the fish better than the cat (not my cat). Anyway, the Chinese believe that goldfish are good luck. This explains why you always see them in Chinese restaurants. It is believe that if there is any bad luck they will take it with them. Therefore, if you have a goldfish die, you should immediately replace it. I decided to paint my own.
I love playing with the composition for cow paintings. They become like little pets. Here’s one I call “Close Up”, Acrylic on Canvas, 5×7″.
I have a million ideas and I get tired of just sketching them out or writing them down. I decided to do a 30 day Creative Challenge. I invite you to join me. Share your creative project with me. It doesn’t have to be a piece of art, it can be anything creative.
Today I broke out the oils. I have missed oils but haven’t used them in awhile. I decided to create some tulips that have been floating around in my head. I call this “Fresh”, Oil on Canvas, 5×7″.
To simplify everything, I have created a new home for my art parties and classes! From a fun project with the kiddos, a creative date night, or a relaxing ladies night out creating and sipping wine, you can find it all on my new website www.Artfunforeveryone.com. Go check out the classes currently listed through December. My classes tend to fill up so be sure to sign up soon!! You can also keep up with the pictures and updates on the Facebook page.
The common response I hear when someone sees my paintings for the first time is, “Pictures don’t do your paintings justice; you can’t see the texture at all”.
Well, I’m not sure this helps, but it’s a start. Right after I posted this video this week I got a lot of great feedback so I’m going to try to start offering a little more video straight from the studio.
Let me start out by offering a tour of my studio!
Summer was a whirlwind of art festivals and shows. It may have been the busiest summer I’ve had. It was good because in all of the busy work I got some real focus on my direction and what I want to be doing.
Then, at the end of summer, I was in a car wreck. Fortunately, it wasn’t serious, but it has messed my back up temporarily. It has slowed me way down. Of course I flew into panic mode. “But I have all of this stuff to do,” was my response. I don’t have time to be hurt. My back being hurt has affected every aspect of my life. I can’t paint long without my arms going to sleep. I can’t sit long without excruciating pain, spasms, and my feet falling asleep.
Like everything, you do what you have to do. Here are some things I’ve learned.
- It is not healthy to spend 12 hours straight painting.
- When you have a limited time to do something, you focus. No more letting people interrupt your work time, playing games on your phone, and getting distracted.
- You stop caring about the little stuff. What going to happen if I don’t get to it? Absolutely nothing
- Most of the stress or deadlines I feel, are put on me by me. Most of it’s all made up in my head.
- Prioritizing is essential…and so is breathing
- Sometimes you have to know when to just take a break, lay on the floor, and get a fresh perspective
- You ask for help. I can’t carry heavy stuff. I can’t even bend over and pick up things very well at the moment. I also suck at taxes and stuff I don’t want to do. You learn to ask for help.
- You take care of yourself. This body is my vessel. I’m stuck with it and any damage I do to it. I must take care of it so that I can keep doing what I love. I must give it time to heal.
- I don’t have to do everything today. There is no such thing as balance. I play many roles, and at no point in my life are these going to be all balanced. I don’t need to give myself additional stress by believing this illusion.
- Being forced to slow down (once past throwing my temper tantrums) has resulted in a lot of productivity, doing the small stuff that often gets overlooked, and being kind to myself.
These are hard lessons to learn. I haven’t handled them all with such grace. I still get pissy when I want to work a little longer or do a little more and I can’t. But I’m learning. I’m growing, and I’m making the best of it.