Hello Sweet T & friends,
How are you? I got up early this morning to do a little writing but felt like crawling back into bed as the weather is so dreary today. As crazy as New England weather can be I still always find myself in awe when it changes so quickly. We have gone from 2 weeks of hot, humid, stifling heat like you have in Charleston, to chilly, put your long pants, socks and a sweatshirt weather. Although it makes it easier for me to work in my “sweat shop studio” I will take the warmth of summer any day and hope it makes a quick return.
I made my own sunshine with a little coffee & blog reading before starting my day. I have really been enjoying Jess Lively’s blog. I appreciate how intentional she is in all areas of her life yet is vulnerable and open about the things that work and don’t. She has a great series of posts about an intentional wardrobe I am digging as have been weeding out unnecessary items from my closet and am ready to do a major purge of my closet. A lot can be learned from this lady.
Yesterday was spent teaching and working on the paintings I shared the other day. I have been teaching a few more private art lessons this summer which I am loving. Since they are focused on the individuals needs we have been working on basic drawing skills. I find myself drawing more and loving it! Drawing always calms me, diverts my busy mind and refocuses me. My sketchbook is becoming filled with lots of contour line drawings of the flowers in my garden which in turn are weaving their way into my paintings. Things are starting to come together and I feel hopeful I will get them done in time for my show.
I think the painting at the top of this post is finished. It’s called, “detach & find oneself”. These words came to me when I started it a few weeks ago. I had been going non-stop and was not making any time for reflection. I always feel out of sorts, paralyzed and filled with indecision when I don’t create time to listen to myself. Learning to listen trust my intuition is an ongoing part of my journey. The more I get still the more I TRUST my decisions and make better choices in my life. I believe making time for oneself is essential and can be found in many different ways~a walk in the woods, a day at the beach, reading a book, sketching, cooking a nutritious meal, gardening or writing. Is there an area in your life you are needing to slow down and listen to? What ways do you make time for yourself? I would love it if you shared with us in the comments. I always find inspiration in you!
Happy Friday everyone!