Summer 2017 I accomplished my first backpacking trip since I was a younger person. Much younger….. Trekking 16 miles roundtrip with 10 pounds on my back and gaining 5,000 feet of elevation gave me a clear reckoning with the number of decades I have been walking this earth! But I did it! It was a grand time for my family and I. This piece is from a photo I took of my husband coming down the path in a beautiful meadow in the Yosemite high country. It was a very warm bright sunny day….Can you feel it?
October 2017 I visited old friends I haven’t seen in nearly 15 years in Montana. What a delightful time we had. Here is Phil fishing which is his passion.
Painting is my passion. It’s really a blessing to have a passion. Talk to me… tell me your passion.
A friend texted me today….wondering what happened to my blog entries in that she hadn’t received any lately….she liked the way my entries about art could apply to everyday life.
When I started this blog, I wanted an intention. Some bloggers take an educational approach for their audience which is so helpful when one is learning a new art form or recipe or any subject of interest.
There are plenty of art blogs out there that are for educational purposes. I am certainly not seasoned enough to provide my readers with “tips of the trade”…..I’m still a beginner.
So I decided to make this a” hodge-podge “of insight, story, and sometimes a personal take on life.
So here goes…. The Path of Least Resistance…..For me this does not mean to take the “easy road” but rather reminds me that I need not struggle so much….insanity can be defined as doing the same things over and over expecting the same results….that could translate to reminding a family member to follow a certain insignificant house rule, which somehow continues to be forgotten.
Instead of pushing my agenda, I just cease…give it a rest…turn my attention to something less angst provoking. Because really, how important can it be? Apparently not important enough to my housemates!! Within my art making process, I choose the path of least resistance all the time…well, at least I try. Choosing subject matter with the fewest shapes possible to provide my viewer an interesting composition but providing me an ease of rendering. When I sit down for a painting session, I make sure I will not be interrupted…I limit my palette of colors so as not to get overwhelmed with choice….I have a cup of coffee…I unplug…I turn on the heater if I need it….I eat first…I release resistance. I ignore all obstacles to success…. like the voice in my head that may tell me I suck at this thing called art….I give that voice a name…His name is Ramone…don’t listen to Ramone.
So when doubt creeps in, take the path of least resistance….cease to struggle…take care of you because you are number one …. always. Confidence returns…you’ll see….
Daily I go to my studio…I do my work…
I do what is important and not what feels urgent…
Urgency feels like “I’ve gotta organize the kitchen cabinets”…
That’s resistance to the important stuff….the work.
The important stuff is painting, loving, sleeping, eating, playing, being grateful and joyful.
At the easel I experience periods of utter frustration….but in the end it always is my happy place…it is joy wrapped in color and dust….
This was a lot of fun today. Big bold strokes….loose style…really putting down the color without exactitude! Pure joy! Pure color!
Point Lobos is a California State Park about 35 miles south of where I live here in Santa Cruz, Ca. Have I mentioned that I live in paradise?
The coast line here on the Central Coast of California is mostly undeveloped and pristine as is the water of Monterey Bay. We must work hard to RESIST all efforts by our current administration to allow oil drilling off our shores. If this jewel is contaminated, so much life is lost.
Save our Shores. Look it up… donate…anything.