It's spring! Yes it is! Yes it is! You have to believe! I believe, I believe.
Well, it doesn't take much to believe in the inevitable. Spring will always come. I take great comfort in the seasons and thier ever changing rhythms. Always changing yet constant. Constant change. Yup, that's life. Don't get comfortable, you won't be there long!
If you've read this blog at all you will see the themes in nature inspire much of my work and life. I see so many metaphors between life, art and nature. Life has seasons too. So as in nature, I find myself in a "spring" of sorts. I see my life changing from a rather bleak winter season to a slightly less harsh spring season--which can only lead to a summer season! I'm seeing small hints of color in the drab landscape. Most of all, I see promise.
February began with the painting a day challenge. I didn't even try one last year. It would have just been too much. But I felt "springy-er" this year! I chose February instead of January because my son was married in January and it was too busy. But what a lovely way to start the new year! And I had a mini spring for a week, since the wedding was in Phoenix! Nothing but sunshine, warmth and celebration! I was not looking forward to going home to Ohio in February. So I figured February would be a good time to do the challenge and its two days shorter. Plus, I'm just not a fan of February. By February im sick of winter and spring is a ways off. It's usually pretty snowy and cold and gloomy. Im just over it. So let's give February a new look with a painting every day.
A painting a day is just not easy. And I got some nasty upper respiratory thing that really laid me low and I missed a few days painting. But here's the thing--I got back to it not because I'd lose face or to prove something (although there's that!) but because I missed it! I looked forward to painting every day! And that hasn't happened in a long while. I found joy in sketching and watching the paint move with the water. I looked with new eyes for inspiration without desperation. That's new too. There's pressure to preform and to do it well when others are watching. I let that go. Well, as much as anyone can. I really just enjoyed the process.
Side note: my version after February was over: "gosh that was fun!" Tom, my husbands version is quite different. His version is of my running around saying "I can't find time to paint today" or " I'm just not inspired". To be fair, that was true at first. Until I got sick and couldn't hold my head up! Being sick always reminds me what a gift being well and able is! Refocuses my view! Whew!
Doing anything for 28 days develops a habit. I've had worse habits! A friend sent me a TED talk about doing something for 30 days and I've added the links here: http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days?language=en.
It's so true. And how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!
Now that I'm back to painting, I figure I'll get back to blogging. Neither will be regular or have the drive they did before, but like I said, spring has just begun! These days I'm taking it as it comes.
Let me also say that the response from everyone was awesome. I appreciated all the kind comments and support. I hope it inspires you to feed your creative side. If you want to jump start it--take small bites for 30 days!