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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Promises

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I did this a month ago, and haven't drawn much of anything since. But I look at it and it makes me happy. Something about it feels like the direction I want to go this year.

BUT ... if you are expecting New Year's resolutions and goals for 2010 ... well, it just ain't happening right now.

Diahn and I met up today and talked about how we normally set goals this time of year. She didn't quite read me the riot act about my lack of blog posts this past month, but she very firmly and sweetly pointed out that I was a dismal disappointment. A slacker, you might say. And I had to agree. So I PROMISE to do better!!! And while we don't have major goals, we might have a little no-stress project to play with this year -- an idea that we're just tossing around right now. To be quite honest, I'm still a bit overwhelmed with life, and have to get through my "to-do list" before I can think about doing much more!

My To Do List:

Pick out new floors for my downstairs and get them installed so I can finally get this house straightened back up!

I have a new dining room set in my living room -- the old dining room furniture is still in the dining room waiting to get put up on Craig's List. Maybe I'd have better luck getting to the drawing table if I wasn't climbing over an extra dining room table. You think?

Good Will can expect a major donation, as I am going through my entire house and getting rid of stuff that I don't use. I've already done a couple of rooms, but my closet is ... well, let's just say that it is a bit full.

I have to get caught up on some things at work. Seriously.

AND THEN I can think about art projects. Big ones, that is.

Still. I have major art guilt right now about not keeping up the sketching habit, so I'll be starting that back up. And I think little gouache paintings on tan paper, like the one above, are a good starting point for now. Promise.

13 comments:

Teri C said...

Well gee, with all that going on, I am feeling a bit sorry for you and missing all your wonderful art. I just LOVE this painting!

Best of everything for 2010!!!

You need to take before and after photos of your house.

Dan Kent said...

I love this painting! I think you are right to use this painting as a guidepost. All of the colors in the shadows and the interesting strokes. Makes me want to pick up my acrylics again (another resolution) - my working of the paint was very similar.

Melinda said...

Isn't art supposed to make you feel joy? You shouldn't feel guilty because you haven't had time for her. Just a little sad, like you're missing an old friend. Find your joy...I see it in this painting!

Diahn said...

And you didn't show this to me yesterday because...???

Gorgeous, my friend...I LIKE this direction.

You might say it has a bit of quirkage to it, hmmm?

Traci said...

I can absolutely see why looking at this painting makes you happy. It's incredible!
Good luck with all things you feel "pressing". Looking forward to seeing more of your art.

Toni said...

Linda the painting is awesome and for one would love to see more of this direction.

You are not a slacker. Life gets in the way for all of us. And your to do list looks like mine. I feel like you I need to put a lid on a few things before more art. and darn work gets in the way also.

annieoddflower said...

I like this one a lot! You do sound like you have a lot going on, AND you sound like you are making progress...

steviewren said...

I miss not seeing your daily painting, but I understand. I haven't been in much of a creative mood in some time. I desperately need to clean out and donate unused stuff. I'm sure you will feel renewed once you've gotten rid of the clutter. Good luck.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

This is awesome work. Glad you did show it to us.

Seems my to-do list keeps growing also, then my art seems to suffer. I find we can't do it all. I'm just cleaning out one drawer at time ... no commitment of a completion date. Just saying that make me feel better *wink.

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Everyone fastens where there is gain.........................................

janey said...

From one slaker to another, this is beautiful. I hope you do more people.

seesue said...

I love this! It makes me happy to look at her. Absolutely wonderful!

Sunmallia said...

What a great artist you are. I have always admired people who are able to draw and paint.