Our painting business continues to grow. We built a small website (take a look here). I am amazed at how much better I feel getting out and painting and refinishing cabinets, and really physically working. For so long I have used my brain and my conversation skills, selling and serving customers and, well, sitting. Way too much sitting, talking on the phone, using the computer, and not getting up and moving around and doing more physical labor.
I really like it. My body is feeling strong, my back feels better, my soul feels better…this kind of work is so meditative! And I get to spend my work time hanging out with my hubby, making things beautiful!! It just really doesn’t get much better than this 🙂
And in my art time outside of that, I have been continuing to focus on drawing faces. Maybe soon I will start practicing bodies to go with the floating heads, lol…
The biggest challenge for me with faces is the coloring…I thought I would battle more with the features, but nope, it’s the coloring. I have really come up with some interesting color combinations, that’s for sure! But I keep at it, I’m actually learning to not fight it, but to just keep going…like so much else in art. That’s a common theme for me, it seems. Trust the process (I wrote ages ago about that here).
What a feeling of accomplishment, though, to keep at it and begin to see the success! And this particular girl has a special place in my art journal…she is on the last available page of my current large journal!
Finishing an art journal…that has a very solid feeling of accomplishment.
I have been working in that particular journal for two full years now. It’s funny, when I first started journaling, I would work in one journal straight through, then moved to the next journal. Along the way, I started working in a whole bunch of art journals at one time.
I have old books that I used as journals, I have kids’ board books as journals, I have loose pages that I journal together, I make mini-journals out of bags or cards or junk mail, I have composition books as journals…and I have my sketch books. I have themed journals, I have chronological journals, and I have extra paint journals (you know, the ones where you slap extra paint or ink on pages that you use as backgrounds for stuff later).
And the journals are all over the house! I was cleaning up some shelves, and I counted…seven journals going at the moment!! My kids thumb through them, they show them to their friends, and my hubby looks through them all of the time. My art has become such a way of life in our home, I never imagined how ingrained in our lives it would all be.
That has its own very satisfying and fulfilling level of accomplishment, too.