Last updated on November 2nd, 2019 at 11:37 am
Another week has flown by and I did not get enough time to paint and work on my dream to be an international artist. I did manage to paint my picket fence yesterday afternoon after teaching, but it was a poor substitute for artistic painting.
Friday was spent judging a local art show. I received a call in February asking if I would be one of two judges for the Sebastopol, California Apple Blossom Festival Art Show.
It was my first time as a judge and I enjoyed it. It also gave me some insight into why art shows can have such random selections. They are the result of a compromise by multiple judges.
I am trying to remain calm as I am about to enter my “crunch” month. May is the month of deadlines. I have my Art at the Source show to prepare for, all my student’s final projects to get finished, and grades are due for my 120 students. Sonoma County’s Art at the Source provides a long-established creative ritual for thousands of northern California regional art lovers and wine country tourists.
I always begin the month of April with lofty goals of daily painting small paintings and painting larger works in my spare time. Though lately, I have discovered, my spare time to paint is dwindling. This week’s big dream homework will be to carve out more time to paint. As for those lofty goals that are never quite reached, I remind myself that it is those goals that keep me moving forward.
On a side note, away from the art world, I have been thinking a lot about health since I spent the last month being sick. In March, I joined a gym and being part of this group gave me an idea.
Why not find a support system for exercise?
I usually avoid exercise like the plague. So I found a person on Craigslist who is in similar shape as me and we began to work out together. It lasted about two weeks before my new partner got hurt and drifted away.
I did not give up. I went to my neighbor who is a big exercise fan and asked her if she would be my workout buddy to keep me on a schedule. I bribed her with art and she agreed. Last week we met twice.
It’s a beginning. I am hoping with persistence it will become routine.
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