We always have that choice...look for the good in ourselves, others and our lives or look for the bad...some of you know that I'm a teacher and therapist by trade, and I'm constantly learning, and being reminded both personally and through my work with others, that we do have choice...sometimes it's too easy to get hooked up in drama (both our own or other peoples') or get too concerned about who's right in a situation that in truth isn't that important anyway, or automatically fear the worst in a situation that might turn out really well if we trust a little more...we can choose to seek out harmony, common ground and positives in most situations...we can expect improvement, more happiness, and increasing well-being if we can open to the possibility and let it in...I'm choosing to seek joy ♥
'Seek Joy' 12" x 12" mixed media on canvas
Things are changing with my painting, as I go along, I'm freeing up a little more, finding my feet with the materials and not just that, but finding myself, that part of me from the past who is confident as an artist...I feel glimmers of her coming through but I am not where I want to be with my painting yet...but I am where I'm meant to be, right? This picture above is the largest yet, at 12" square, and I'm now exploring using oils (grown up paints) as well as acrylics...
As I type this post, I am waiting for an even bigger 16" square canvas to dry so I can continue to work on it, and it is coming together more freely...someone mentioned recently about it being difficult to do small portraits and I'm really enjoying working on these larger canvas, at college I made bespoke canvas that were 6 feet by 4 feet and larger!! I wanted to make pictures that would envelop the viewer, so they had to be big...but my kitchen studio will not allow such ambitious projects right now...but I'm loving the 16" square size...
As we go along our creative paths, so many ideas come to us and so many more fall away, making room for the new...I'm striving with every canvas to get it how I want it, to express what I need to express...hoping to convey something of worth, be it fun, love or inspiring someone else to have a go at whatever it is they've been putting off... that will feed their souls...each painting is learning, failing, trying something new...some successes and some disasters too...it feels an incredibly rich experience to me...I'm loving it!
Witch Izzy in her shawl and magic tiger tail wand, practising for Halloween ♥
Izzy is now pretty much a full time couch potato since the heavy fog and rain settled in to stay this week...I'm having to peel her off the sofa to get her outside for 'comfort breaks'...no exaggeration! She's gone into a Lurcher hibernation...no running for a few days and staying in bed until I emerge in the morning...all previously unheard of behaviours! Right now, as I look over my shoulder all I see are two front legs sticking up out of the blanket...oh, and trying to sit on the sofa with her? No...she thinks it all belongs to her...sofa wars continues daily :)
That's our week so far, thank you for all the good healing wishes, the dental surgery continues to heal exceptionally well...I spent a lot of time before I went there, visualising it happening perfectly and everything going better than I'd even dared to hope...these things work! Have a great weekend ♥