Making Choices

I haven’t posted in a while and it is about time! Recently, I finished an on-line course with Cheryl Taves, The Artists Mindset. It was a 12 week course with a lot of journaling and prompts to actually get in touch with my artist self. What do I love, and what do I not love (just as important, I learned!). The journaling has become an important part of my life, and I miss it when I don’t take the time to do this. I highly recommend Cheryl’s course, by the way. It not only jump starts your creative side, but it totally challenges the reasoning side, why do we do this? And what are the roadblocks we set up for ourselves?

As always, finishing is one of my biggest challenges, and time is another. Thus, I am trying to tackle both issues as best I can! This painting has had so many lives, I cannot count. It has many colors and layers beneath and it has been a friend (and enemy) in my studio for months. But this morning, I knew what I wanted to do and I think, I am pretty sure, it is finished! I am not sure about the title, so if you have a suggestion, let me know!

This painting became a looking inside and looking outside type of work. It reminds me of doors and windows we might encounter in daily life. We can choose to walk through the door when it becomes clearly there, or we can choose to pass on by. We may not know the outcome either way, unless the choice is made. I’m talking metaphorically, as well as the physical door of course. Windows are the same, windows into our soul? Windows into others souls. How often we don’t really look at the person we are talking to and wonder if they are really ok. Is there something we can do to make their day a little brighter?

I learned a new word last week, sonder, the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. I realize, yes, I may have a lot going on, but so does every single person I know! And as busy as life can be, I am so very fortunate to have the life I do, the love of the friends and family, and the mindset to accept any challenges that lie ahead . And this, my friends, is the door I choose to walk through today, trying to be positive, accept changes I have no control over, and looking for challenges that create excitement. Peeking through the windows with openness and no expectations. And sending good thoughts to each of you as you navigate this somewhat crazy world today in whatever you have going on!