Working Away

I haven’t blogged for a while, so I wanted to check in and let you know I’m using most of my spare time getting ready for an open studio show on June 1.  (If you’re in Memphis & want to know my address, email me or message me on Facebook for the details.)

I always think I can get more done than I can, but between the things I have to do to live and the paintings I need to finish, I’m left without the mental energy to blog.

I also think I can finish a painting pretty quickly once I have the idea or concept, but that’s never the case anymore.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing, taking the time to make a work the best I can, but with a deadline looming and a desire to finish certain works before June 1, makes me a bit frantic.

The show includes my son’s work, and I have quite a few pieces finished, so there will be lots of art.   I’m really worrying out of habit.  I like to set a goal and then worry that I don’t meet it, instead of letting things unfold in their own time.  They unfold in their own time anyway, so I might as well keep working at the pace I feel best about.

When I’m plagued by chronic fatigue, getting anything done is an achievement.  I find if I do little bits on a regular basis, suddenly I have an abundant amount of work.  If I can keep from comparing myself  to others, I realize I’ve done a lot — especially when I could actually be doing nothing and no one would mind or be hurt by it.

I make my own life and art.

So here’s two pieces that are in process now:

Unravelling (unfinished)
Hibiscus (unfinished)

There will be more to come.


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3 thoughts on “Working Away

  1. Best of luck on your show!! And I hear you about blogging being a lower priority. Me too. My days just fill up. I swear I don’t know how people have time to be online constantly….and get anything creative done too.

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