I’m feeling all a glow today. I think that’s being reflected in my tree painting. I really love the way the alcohol inks look in this painting. It feels lit from within. I don’t, however, love the composition. My eyes want to see the top of the tree and having it sliced in half like it is feels a little frustrating.
Some paintings are paintings you want to stand proudly next to and some paintings are a learning experience. This one was the latter. I love the colors and the movement, but I think it would have been much more successful if I had spent more time thinking about the composition.
When you paint every day, you aren’t always going to create a masterpiece! That’s OK. Sometimes we have days where the goal is to develop a new skill or gain a new perspective. Don’t get discouraged if you go through periods of creating that seem to be more about learning skills than creating masterpieces. This is all part of the process and part of the big picture.
Now that I have reached day 20 of the challenge I am starting to feel fatigued. This usually happens at some point in the middle. By day 20 the late nights or early mornings start to catch up with you. The house is getting more cluttered and messy than usual. Your family wants your attention and there are usually a few kinks in your schedule that have set you back. Yesterday we went to El Paso to do some shopping and spent almost the entire day there. We got home after midnight last night! We’re all a little more tired than usual today. A day away from home is always fun, but it also puts me behind on all of things I need to do. Right now I have a pile of dishes to wash, a few loads of laundry to fold, and heart jewelry I desparatly need to make before February! I’m starting to feel some time pressure that will likely escalate between now and the end of the month. It’s never easy to get this whole life balance thing right, is it?
The good thing is these are easy problems to have. I mean, I can’t really complain that I have too much art to make, or too many dishes to wash, or too many people to love. I’m pretty fortunate. I do, however, sometimes wish there were more hours in a day! I could use just a few extra hours to get more things done.
I hope you have a happy Tuesday!