I'm trying to rest more, laugh more and play more, in order to replenish my yin, as advised. It's difficult for me to slow down, though, because I find real joy in multi tasking, organizing and pushing ahead to reach my goals.
I am finding, however, that my creativity is soaring. As a result of slowing down just a little, ideas are pouring out of my head. I now have three paintings going in the studio.
I'm teaching my weekly students how to paint fabrics, and in searching for subject material, I've begun to look through some of the items that I've been saving through the decades. The picture here is "Things I Don't Use Anymore," and it's in the beginning stages. I'm spending most of my time building glazes that glow in the shadows and creases. I won't even begin defining the lace until towards the end of creating this painting.
I have a solo exhibit coming up in late March at Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, WVA. I need to have twenty quality pieces completed by then...framed....competition worthy....I'm spending lots of quiet time painting this winter, which is nice.
Last year, I worked myself hard, but I did well even in a tough economy. This year, 2012, I plan to continue working but to be nice to myself. I'm going to replenish my yin. I think I'll feel better. I'm going to rest more, laugh more, and try not to set unrealistic goals for myself.
The picture posted here will hopefully be in the show coming up in March at The Bridge Gallery.