|My piece I worked through yesterday while in my graffiti class...:) Still some things to do but I love how it turned out. I had several wonderful students who really had a great time playing with paint and experimenting.|
It's Sunday and I'm not ashamed to say I'm still in my pajamas
playing a little bit in my journal, catching up on laundry and some reading I've been wanting to do....and just thinking about what it is I
want need to do for the week. Taking time to breathe and relax is important. Little man asked me what's on the agenda today. I replied, nothing. NOTHING?? As if I cursed at him. Of course nothing to me is really something, its just something without a definite schedule of when I have to do it, and if it doesn't get done, then it's not a crisis. That's my version of nothing :)
"I Look To The East To See Where I've Been, And to the West to see the Places I've Yet to Visit" A rather quick journal page this morning....I played with picture I had of my self looking into the distance somewhere at something...very reflective. I somehow turned this into something where I look very aged and worn out..LOL not exactly the effect i was going for but who cares, it's just play and practice.
Strathmore mixed media journal
Derwent watersoluble pencils in light and dark wash
Gray and White Neocolor II crayons
Black zig pen
lt blue and pink markers
It's getting to be that time of year where I really take stock of what I've done and what I've yet to accomplish. I tend to get really reflective as do many near the end of the year but furthermore it's almost my birthday...I start to question myself and at the same time challenge myself. Can I really be almost 42 years old? Maybe the picture is more accurate than I choose it to be. My skin isn't as flawless as it once was. My eyes show wear of worry and stress, my lines on my face by my mouth are indented from smiling and experience of life's up and down. I'm not as young as I feel nor as old as my years would suggest.
It's time to make a plan for the second half of my life before too many more days and years slip away. I'm not really a spontaneous person although I'm not really rigid in my direction either. I like plans though--so the first thing on my list is going to be a business plan. I want direction in my art life because that really is going to define how the next phase of my world is going to be. Or at least the part that is feeding my soul at this point. Of course my children are also guiding my happiness and giving me direction, I'm merely speaking on an individual level.
(more student work from yesterday!)
In that plan is definitely going to be more teaching activities.....I truly enjoy and am inspired by seeing others have fun and enjoy creating.
When you find something you enjoy doing.....stick with it...even push it to the next level. Challenge yourself!
I hope the students I have taught over the last year and half are continuing on their own artistic journey...
So yes, I'm still here in my pjs, enjoying this brisk Sunday....drinking coffee, relaxing, enjoying the silence of not having to adhere to a schedule or be anywhere at any giving time. It's giving me time & breathing room to begin laying out some plans fo my own as I head towards the West.
Are you starting to take stock of your year behind you and the one to come? What is it that you truly want to accomplish in 2011?