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A little late with On My Table this week.  I love those three-day weekends, but they always throw off my schedule.  I might work on planning around that one of these times.

Meanwhile, here's what I was playing with last week.  I am in love with these little Strathmore artist tiles.  I think several of my 100 Paintings are going to end up on these little squares because I am so enamored of them.  And now that I have several going (two are even complete!), they are starting to make a beautiful little series.  These are the 4" squares; I may do some on the 6" squares, too, just for fun.

Squares

So what about you?  What's making you happy in your creative life these days?  What projects are you working on.  I'd love to see what you're doing!

P.S.--Check back Friday.  I'm going to have an opportunity to get in on a beta test of a coaching circle I'll be running from late June through the end of July--there's going to be a great discount, but spaces are going to be really limited, so if you're interested you'll want to get in on the sign-up list I'll be sharing on Friday.  Hope to see you there!

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This week has been about painting.  First I did a lesson for Effy Wild's Book of Days that I fell in love with:

Fairy Tale Princess

I loved this so much that I did a small version for Painting 1 (which probably needs a better name) of my 100 Paintings project:

Fairy Girl 1

I expect that some version of this will show up in my painting a few more times.  There's just something about her and about painting her that makes me very happy!

I also updated my About page a bit if you'd like to take a look at that. It's not complete, but it's more current.  And updating that page is step one in getting more good stuff onto the site.  I have a coaching circle in the works (I was hoping to have it ready to share last week, but I think I will have it ready for you this week).  I have a couple of workshops and some tutorials that I'm working on that will start showing up over the summer.  All kinds of good stuff going on over here.  Do you think it's the fairy princess and her magic?  I like to think so.

What about you?  What's magic in your world this week?  What's in the works, in the planning, in your dreams?  Put it out here and let's give it some energy!

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Last week got away from me a bit, so I'm combining my announcement about my Big Project with this week's On My Table.

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The beginnings of 100 Paintings

The project: Complete 100 paintings
The deadline: December 31, 2015
The media: Mixed media on various backgrounds (because I just love paper so much that I want to paint on all of it!)

I've had this project on my mind for a long time.   A little inkling of the idea sprouted a couple of years ago when Lisa Sonora Beam started her 1008 Paintings project, but I brushed the idea of doing anything like that aside.  I was a writer and a coach.  Painting was incidental, something I did now and then, nothing I was good at.  Never mind those longings, ignore those, move along.  (A side note: DO NOT ignore those longings!  They are important!  They are trying to tell you something.  I would never advise anyone to ignore them, but sometimes it's hard to remember what to do when it's for yourself.)

I ignored my desire to paint for the most part, focusing on writing while getting in some occasional painting in my art journal.  Then last year I read an article by Joe Bunting on Quantity Versus Quality, and my interest in doing a lot of paintings surfaced again.  I didn't have time for that kind of thing!  What was I thinking?

I brushed the idea aside again and focused on wrapping up a bunch of projects I had going.  Then I took a nice, long hiatus after a couple of years of doing too much stuff.  I really needed a break.  I gave myself permission for a few months (Late-December to April-ish) to not start anything new, to do what I felt like, to read a lot and daydream a lot and play a lot.  And you know what I felt like doing?  (After three weeks of watching a lot of TV and napping, I mean.)  Painting.  And writing.  And talking to people about all things creative.  Letting myself dream and listen to those dreams brought me back to the things I really love.  And then this project idea came back to me, and I decided to give it a go.

I spent some time toying with different deadlines and rules and things for the project, talked about it with some friends, tweaked the idea until it started feeling just about ready.  The final bit fell into place when I gave myself permission to paint on all sorts of surfaces, mostly paper, instead of trying to make myself pick one.  Finally, I felt like I was ready to do this.  And I am!

Why such a long time frame?  I want this to be a fun immersion and deepening relationship to something I've always loved--paint and color and playing with paper.  I don't want this to be a chore.  I want this to be a joy.

As the project starts up, I'll create a page for it and write more about why I think taking on a huge project is a good idea.  I'll write about how painting feels, and I'll write about the details of it.  I'll share the process and my thoughts about all of it.  But for now, here is the beginning.  Supplies gathered, a date set, an intention put out into the world.

What about you?  Is there a big, impossible seeming project calling to you?  Tell me all about it--we can share stories and cheer each other on while we do our great big scary fun things!

 

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I'm taking another session of Book of Days with Effy Wild.  I really love the weekly themes and framework to build my own work on.  This week, the first in the new session, we talked about manifestos.  Here's what I did:

Manifesto 1

It says:

I am here

To live my dreams
To breathe creativity
To live out loud
To be improbable and beautiful and wild
To leave something of myself behind
To pay attention
To be interested and curious and astonished
To shine my light into the darkness

I really like this.  I think I'm going to make it into a stand-alone painting to hang in my studio.  I also think that I'm going back into this one to fix up the smeared writing on "astonished."  I argued with myself a bit on that, trying to tell myself that mistakes are fine (they are!) and to leave it alone.  But just because making mistakes is fine and helps you learn doesn't mean you should never go back and fix them.  Sometimes the lesson is that if you had done such-and-such a little differently you would have gotten closer to the result you wanted.  And there's nothing wrong with trying that out.  So I will be doing some repair work on the writing to give myself a journal spread I like better.

What about you?  Do you go back and fix mistakes in your work or do you let them go?  Or does it depend on the circumstances?

Keep an eye on the blog later this week--I have a crazy new project I'm getting started and a very cool coaching circle that's going to need some beta testers.  See you in a few days to tell you all about it!

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