I’ve had company this week, and a cold, and with this came an urge to not work ~ but to visit instead ~ catching up, reliving and learning about the past ~ pouring over old-old photos and relaxing and taking care of the family.
It has been great (minus the nose-blowing), except for the fact that I had not painted for several days (which generally leads to a special type of depression) and I began to find all of my faults ~ picking out all the things I am not doing, or that aren’t working (the rain doesn’t help, either). I’m not getting enough rest, exercise, meditation, water or time alone. I don’t like my haircut and my brows are in desperate need of a shaping :).
Sometimes, while not feeling well (emotionally and/or physically) I get the feeling that there might be a lesson hiding ~ something that I am meant to realize before I can climb up out of the dumps. Last night, I looked at my mental list and groaned, then “promised” to do something or maybe everything tomorrow…
But, as my soul sunk and my regret-for-so-much grew, I decided to do something right now, versus adding everything to the list for the next day. And even though I would be setting myself up for a shortage of sleep, I would already be on my way back up from the dumps ~ and maybe that was the lesson this time ~ do something now!
So I painted. And the act of painting nourished me, and the painting that arrived speaks of nurturing. Nurture is one of the words on my Vision Board, and although I meant for it to imply the tending of one’s family and children, I realize that taking time to nurture the self is vastly important in rebuilding the ability to take care of others.
Painting is my meditation and the way that I nurture myself.
In my feverish launch to paint – I started this painting upside down! (I had previously wired the canvas) So this painting will have ghost holes. But I guess there is a lesson in that, too.
And… I’m feeling much, much better today.
Nurture (above) will be the next painting released (next Thursday) into the The Expanded Visions Collection. Learn More
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