Right now the garden is exploding with flowers. And I want to paint them all.
Before Matthias' surgery I was on a roll creating a small painting each day.
I'd like to pick up that momentum again, but I've also been feeling the call to paint a larger piece. I hadn't painted one since the irises at the beginning of June.
And then there's the simple fact of summer itself. My favorite season. Time to be in the garden and revel in the sunshine and warm air, to soak up the days, savor them, to slow down and enJOY.
At times like this what I most need is to slow down. To focus. To choose one thing (at a time) and tackle it, crossing things off my list one by one. The rest will get done, one thing at a time.
I've also realized that it's very important for me to let go a bit and cut myself some slack, to take some time to sit among the flowers or to drink my tea and watch the hummingbird as it flits around the garden. Stillness is necessary for me.
Even with all my other projects and responsibilities, the most important thing on my list this week was to paint some coneflowers (you might remember seeing the sketchbook page where I tested colors on my blog on Wednesday).
So I got to work and painted a bit each day.
Which is really the only way to get things done. Bit by bit.
I finished it yesterday.
I'm so glad I prioritized painting this week. (I'll be adding these coneflowers to my shop soon).
I was reminded again of what a fitting choice INTENTION has been as my word of the year. I think being intentional about all of our choices makes even the most difficult times easier to handle.
Oh, and one more thing... If you've been eyeing my fabric on Spoonflower,
you might want to check out the sale they're having right now. It's buy one get one fat quarters and it goes until July 14th.
Choosing which fabrics and how much to order is one of those things on my to-do list, which would mean that I'll soon have to carve out some time for sewing, too... It's never ending, isn't it?
Have a lovely weekend!