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October 29, 2020
I started October with a clean palette and a head full of fresh ideas & goals. The kids were back in school after a long 6 month break and I was finally able to dedicate my days to my studio practice. The freedom of having uninterruped time to work was exciting and I felt an urge to achieve.
I set about designing a deck of positive affirmation cards, sourcing a company to print my art onto giftware, started an online challenge with a group of talented artists, hung work in an exhibit, thought about participating in Christmas fairs (nope) and painting festive baubles (another no), took a short online art course and another short online business course.
Yet none of these goals seemed to greatly inspire me. I was bouncing from project to project with the drive to further my art career without any of them truly resonating with me. I jumped from juggling parenting + working from home to juggling a multitude of other tasks.
What I actually needed was to immerse myself in the mindful, meditative process of painting. A world filled with colour, promise and escapism. The very reason I started painting 2 ½ years ago. A way to relax, relieve tension and put my over active conscious brain to one side - at least for a few hours a day.
My intuition was telling me to find my equilibrium with some guilt-free painting time, a single focus. I needed time to play & explore new ideas without the pressure of it becoming anything specific. And for that I didn't need to look anywhere else except inside! So at the very end of a rollercoaster October I'm once again learning the lesson to follow my intuition and stop trying to swim against the tide. And for me, right now, that means picking up a paintbrush!
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