Entries from February 22nd, 2016

Succulent Spring

Monday, February 22, 2016

These are sweet days amidst the blink of North Florida spring. For me, it’s been a weekend of yoga and thrift shopping, cooking and house cleaning, connecting with friends and painting–in other words, taking a sort of impeccable care of myself, which is easier at some times than others.

Succulent Spring

Today, after a week of this painting not coming easily, my friend Katie dropped by for a visit. “Any new paintings?” she asked innocently.  I hedged. “There’s something, but it’s really weird. I know it’s bad, but I don’t know what to do.”

“Let me see,” Katie said, and I let her, because she’s a painter too, and has a great sense of design, and a knack for seeing what’s good in my work and helping me bring it along–all without judgement.

“Oh,” she laughed, “it is weird.”

“I wanna abandon it,” I whined. She looked awhile and said, “You know, I really like the plant shapes. They remind me of succulents. Why don’t you just go crazy on it with some more shapes and see what happens?”

So I did, and yippee, it’s done.

I know this because now when I look at it, it brings me delight, not distress.

Thank you, Katie!

Simple little ones

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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It’s a sweet inward time for me right now: I’ve been reading about and meditating on simplicity, clearing my closets and drawers of the non-essentials and saying no to social opportunities to create more quiet opportunities to care for myself and work on my art. Saying no–well really, no thanks–is initially awkward but ultimately liberating. Here are a few recent small works inspired by the local Gainesville, FL Sweetwater Wetlands Park.

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