My studio is messier than it's been since that time I completely cleaned it out. Projects in piles moved from one table to the other. Flowers. Flowers. Flowers.
When you're painting irises you need to work fast. No dilly-dallying. I think that was good for me. I need to get back into the habit of regularly finishing paintings.*
Even with all these recent challenges, life seems to be falling into place. I'm living with the chaos and not letting it bother me. I'm taking time to enjoy the little things. Remembering that making things and doing things and gardening (and spending time outside without an agenda) are all important to who I am (even if they mean time spent away from the studio).
I've been living my Joy Lists this week (not quite back in the habit of writing them down... ). I hope you've been taking time to at least think about joy and gratitude. Write your list and share it if you're inspired to. On your blog. On a piece of scrap paper beside your bed. In a Joy Journal. On Instagram. Wherever you feel is right.
Joy List Monday:
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day
- colorful sunrise skies this morning
- painting irises
- watching spring transform my garden
- spotting the first hummingbird of the year
- salads, salads and more salads
- seeing my paintings framed and hung together as a collection
- thunderstorms and rainbows
- the first ripe strawberry
- sitting in the garden sipping a perfectly hot cup of tea
- walking through a field of daisies and clover (and through a forest of pines, fragrant with needles)
- harvesting chive flowers to infuse in vinegar
- garden shopping with my mom
- making rhubarb cake and harvesting rhubarb to freeze
- dinner with my family (even my brother who was in town)
- a big pile of books on my bedside table thanks to all your suggestions on this post (if you haven't dropped by to share your recommendations, I'd still love to hear them!)
Have a lovely week filled with joys.
*This iris painting is now available in my shop.