And then I had a couple realizations. That I don't like my new sketchbook and have been avoiding working in it. And that I haven't been doing enough painting lately.
I can't change the weather, but I can make a point of working in my sketchbook as soon as I finish this post. And I can take the time to sit down and mix some paint for a new painting, too.
What about you? Are there some easy fixes you can make to help shift your mood?
Although I haven't been working on a new painting, I have been doing some painting and sketching for a couple other projects.
Last week I mentioned MATS Assignment Bootcamp. I really enjoyed creating my piece for the first assignment.
We had to design a backpack using abstract or geometric designs. The assignment specifically stated that we weren't supposed to use "pictures of things like flowers" in our design, which at first bummed me out a bit. My art is all about pictures of things like flowers. But it was good to challenge myself. I like what I came up with.
I created another non-flowery piece for Spoonflower's Hexagons Design Challenge.
This went through so many different variations, one of which I'd still like to come back to some day. Sometimes, though, I just need to let go and stop messing with a project. Voting is going on now on the Spoonflower site. You can vote for as many designs as you like. I'd love to have your vote!
That's all my news for now.
How about a Joy List?
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
- enjoying thoughts of last week's perfect birthday celebrations (and dreaming about the last cupcake waiting for me in the fridge)
- orchid flowers
- a visit with my brother
- birthday surprises in the mail
- all the snow melted from the ground and signs of life in the garden
- Kim Harrison's newest book
- wearing some of my new birthday socks
- roasted sweet potatoes
- making progress, finally, on my next Skillshare class
What's bringing you joy today?