Welcome back from the weekend! I hope you all had a wonderful time dressing up, handing out candy, or whatever else you may have filled your time with. Today's post is not going to be like most Mondays, so I'll cut to the chase and fill you in. I don't have a painting finished for you this week. You may think that I procrastinated or neglected to spend any time painting, but this is not the case. I actually worked really hard on a new piece and spent quite a bit of my free time painting. It just isn't finished yet, so unfortunately the usual post isn't going up today. I will show you a couple in progress pictures without giving away too much. If you were excited to see a finished piece, I do feel bad that I don't have one to show. Surprisingly though, I'm not upset with myself for not meeting the "deadline". As the weeks go by I am learning that not everything goes the way I plan it to and thats okay. As an artist I am improving, becoming more comfortable with not achieving perfection, and following my intuition while creating. Which sometimes is going to mean that I will start projects that can't be finished in one week. Don't worry, I won't make a habit of this because I truly do want the challenge of creating one painting per week, I'm just going to give myself a little grace when my artistic intuition is leading me to something a little more time consuming. Because in the end for me, painting is spending my time doing what I love, and I want my work to reflect that. I hope you all understand. Finished product will be up next Monday for sure!
To start your week, I do have a lovely little quote from Leo Tolstoy about happiness. This is for you.
"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done for them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor- such is my idea of happiness."
Well said, Tolstoy.