February 25, 2018
I'm sitting here in the studio eating a spinach salad with apple and that yummy leftover rotisserie chicken we get every Friday night for dinner. It's even yummier with the sesame dressing on it! Cold and rainy outside but cozy warm and happy here, by the fireplace. With my salad.
January and February are my two least favorite months of the year. I paint a lot and also start organizing and cleaning. Some do this in the Springtime..not me...I take advantage of my winter indoor time.
I also Think more; processing my day and experiences. It's kinda like organizing and cleaning my life, but without the productive end results to look at. The results of my thoughts will be evident when I start, and consistently take, the actions I've determined need to be taken.
Some actions are so much easier than others. I have been around long enough to acknowledge the correlation of hard and challenging work = valuable Life accomplishment. Last year I identified that I wanted to become more involved with my watercolor society so I would meet more artists, give back to a really great organization, and challenge myself with some new experiences. Hoo-boy...I quickly became overwhelmed with the scope of the position I was voted into. It took months just to understand the workings of the organization and the language of board meetings. I did what I have always done in my life when confronted with challenges: I jump in... and, I am confidant I can at least keep my head above water.. I am relieved to relay, this is once again the case as I am gaining the knowledge/experience I need to be effective to help with organizing statewide art conventions and juried art exhibits. I'm still not completely comfortable, which is good....keeps me alert and eager/willing to learn and do more. Just this morning I received an email from an artist with questions on how to ship her painting to our upcoming convention. I confidently wrote her back with specific instructions and felt effective and valuable...I had recently created the protocol approved by the board. Ha! A small accomplishment, yes, but I'm building more and more. The biggest bonus has been creating new friendships with incredibly talented and wonderful artists!
So what am I Thinking about jumping into this year, you ask? Nothing! I used to think I had more guts than brains but there truly is wisdom with age. This year I am taking in all the goodness from a year of consistent hard work. Yeah...that's what I Think I'll do.
I am an observer of life and love to paint what I see with watercolors.