January 2018 x2 paintings

I work full time, enjoy going to the gym a few times a week, like to spend time with my boyfriend, like to spend time by myself, enjoy practicing yoga, enjoy painting, reading, meeting new people, bettering myself and my lifestyle, have a business I’ve recently set up in my spare time, plus loads more bits and pieces fill my life.

The hard part is fitting it all in, prioritising what is best for me vs my relationship vs my professional development vs my passion vs my health…

I’ve had a rocky couple of years with dissatisfaction at my previous job, lacking a sense of purpose, lacking direction, feeling caught up on the merry go round of life and sometimes not knowing if I wanted to be on that particular ride or if I’d prefer to stand at the edge and mind the bags.

Anyhoo, fast forward to 2017 when I worked really hard at recognising the areas I wasn’t happy with and putting a plan in place to do something about it.

Fast forward again to present day, and every day is so busy and full and a real balancing act to fit everything in but also a great lesson in time management and prioritising (2 things I’ve always been very good at, thankfully!). I feel a huge amount of satisfaction and personal uplift from so many different things (I think I must be one of the easiest people to buy for) and I’ve realised that if I only commit to doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but regularly, then I can maintain that sense of well-being and reap the rewards in day to day life.

Put simply, one of my many goals for this year is to complete 2 paintings a month. Yes I could do, and would like to do, a lot more. But I’m realistic enough to know that it will be at the mercy of something else. If I happen to do more than 2 a month, fantastic. If I only do 1… ok it wouldn’t be the end of the world and it is a goal I’ve set for myself and nobody else, but I would be disappointed because I know how much I benefit mentally and spiritually from painting; I can ride on the high for days on end.

So there we go, that’s one of my goals, and I’m pleased to say I had a 100% success rate in January and I’m on track for the same in February!

Here are my two January pieces…I’d love to hear what you think

I’m really pleased with how the first one turned out. I had no idea how it would evolve or how it would end but simply carried on until I felt an inner peace when I stepped back to look at it.

I had every intention of layering this one up. I recycled an old canvas which I’d started to paint a field of poppies on but never finished. I’d made hardly any marks on it though and suddenly felt like ‘it was there’. So I stopped! (Which is often the hardest thing to do!)

Watch out for my next update on February’s paintings to see if I manage to do the two or even more!

No experience required

I enjoyed a great couple of hours recently with a friend I met a few months ago at a shamanic journeying meetup (that’s a whole different blog post!) in Liverpool. Being a busy bee means I struggle to get to them on time and I’ve not been for a while, so it was good to catch up with Alan and share ideas around blogging (you can pay Alan a visit here), writing, photography, art, and general self care and wellbeing.

I take a lot of enjoyment from spending time with likeminded people; I have a lot of interests and understandably not every person in my life aligns with all of them, so I appreciate the ‘same wavelength’ chats and informal brainstorming sessions when they happen.

Alan introduced me to the art of Pass the Pencil (there are more examples on his blog), which I had never done before.

It’s very simple. All you need is:

  1. a piece of paper,
  2. something to draw with,
  3. preferably 2 people sitting opposite each other, but I suppose you could always pass from one hand to the other if you’re flying solo… 🤔

Essentially each person (or hand) draws a line without lifting the pencil off the paper, whilst ensuring their new line crosses at least one existing line. The results are fun, abstract, spontaneous, collaborative drawings/doodles/whatever you like to call them.

I honestly really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it as a loosening up exercise before settling down to create whatever you’re working on, or even just as something to do with a friend if you’ve got 5 mins to spare. No artistic talent required! Just the willingness to let go and see what happens 🙂

It was good fun surveying our masterpieces when we finished, turning them the other way round so we could see it from each other’s viewpoint. All kinds of fun and unexpected images came up! Try viewing the images from different angles and see what you can make out.

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If you’re looking for a lighthearted, relaxed way to pass the time, pass the pencil! I’d love to hear what you think and if you give it a go for yourself, let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did 🙂