I’ve got the painting fever…caught it from a dragonfly. I know, that sounds ridiculous! A new friend of mine asked me to paint her dragonflies and water with a touch of magic. She is right now creating a blog and when she is ready I plan to share it with you. I have a feeling it’s going to be special because she is pretty special. That kind of magic usually rubs off on everything it touches.
I have painted every day for a week straight. One day I had three paintings going at the same time. You can do that with watercolors. They have to dry and that takes time when your paper is completely saturated with water. The dragonfly was a challenge, but it got me into a fever over painting I haven’t had for a while. It’s a fever I pray will never break, but eventually it does. It always does. My brain will need a rest before long. My creative power will start to drain. I will start to make mistakes like anyone experiencing fatigue does. My images will be spaced strangely, my colors will blur into each other and at the wrong moment. I will make poor choices and find myself getting frustrated. This is all part of the process. It’s a sign I might need to shift gears and so I will.
I can feel this beginning to happen now. Today. I am losing my power and my drive. I am getting annoyed with the paper and the way my paintbrush won’t make the lines I see in my mind. I am daydreaming about other things and not fully in the zone. It’s time to move on and dabble in a new experiment.
I am learning to go with the flow more in everything I do. There is a time to work and a time to play. There is a time to think and a time to act. Most importantly there is a time to rest and recharge. Art is a lot like motherhood. They are both professions that require regular, small vacation moments and time away. They both require enormous amounts of energy that can’t really be physically measured. They both require patience and faith and hope. I am learning to have all three.
I will be ready the next time the painting fever strikes. Until then I will most likely be dabbling in photography, collage and baking. I have other creative outlets that require my attention too. I have batteries that need recharging and I need time for my imagination to wander and for inspiration to strike. I have faith that the fever will return!
Share The Love Sunday! Have you survived Daylight Savings Time? An extra hour of sleep is nice…I remember. Unfortunately Tiny-Small does not recognize any national time changes. She is like the Arizona of humans. She wakes up on her own terms. She is truly a Westerner if I ever met one.
Time to share!
Cool Stuff You Can Do Too:
You have until November 19th to write a mini post (100 words or less) on Gratitude and have it posted on Grass Oil By Molly Field. She promises to put your picture (or any picture you choose) next to your post and a link to your blog or website with your submission. I think it’s going to be a really cool read with all of the different people contributing. Make sure you are a part of it! Go here for the details: November Writing Experience: Gratitude in 100.
Do you like to take pictures? Come join the photo challenge over at the DeBie Hive. 30 Days, 30 pictures. It’s really fun. For all of the details and all 30 prompts go here: 30 Day Holiday Photo Challenge.
The Next Martha from The Martha Project has THE BEST, MOST SCARIEST, MOST AMAZING Halloween decorations (horror scene) I have ever had the pleasure of viewing from the safety of my own home. Watch the video…if you dare, on her post: Happy Halloween 2012.
Reasons Why Being A Blogger Is Amazing:
the Smartness wrote about the experience of being a blogger and how our stories never end here in Characters in Our Own Stories (it’s really terrific writing). If you aren’t following this blogger you are going to want to…she’s got talent!
* For several days I have not been able to load any blogs on wordpress.com. I don’t know why, but the pages just never load. If you have a blog there I am trying to visit you, but can’t. Very frustrating! Also, I miss you guys.
I plan to giveaway a painting next month. What?! Give away a painting! I can’t believe it. This is so exciting. Yesterday, when I was learning how to make paper pumpkins over at This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff I started roaming around their website for fun. I am nosey. I wanted to know how it all works. It’s like looking in people’s windows at night, except it’s legal to poke around in websites (lucky for me). I discovered you can linky-lou your giveaway and they will help you promote it…for free! How awesome is that? I was there just last month and thinking about doing a give away…someday. I even left a comment about it and then I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT IT! I am lucky I remember anything these days, seriously. I have to make lists of the lists I need to make just to get through the day. I’m a bit of a disaster.
Moving along, another thing that reminded me I wanted to do a giveaway was winning a giveaway from Quirky Chrissy. I loved participating in her super mysterious contest and most of all I loved winning, obviously! It’s so much fun to win things from friends who are strangers who are really friends that I just got super excited about doing my own give away all over again. It was like a new idea that was actually an old idea. Anyway, I think “someday” has arrived and I want to do a giveaway next month. WOO HOO! I am ready to do my first give away. Well, almost ready. This is where I need your help.
What kind of painting would you want to win? I don’t know what to paint. I was hoping some of you would throw some ideas out there for me. Do you want flowers? If so, what kind? Do you want kittens or monkeys or jack rabbits or zombies? The possibilities are endless. If you give me some hints on what to paint I’ll be off to a nice start for next month. I am so excited I probably won’t sleep for a week.
So, if you have a preference to the kind of painting you want to maybe (hopefully) win then leave me a comment and let me know. If you want to know what I paint best take a look at my slide show here. Yay! This is going to be fun. Also, stay tuned for the actual blog post where I unveil the painting I want to give away and tell you how to enter the whole shebang (which will be occurring next month…date to be announced)!