So, I've begun my third canvas - another 24"x60" and I've decided to leave some of the white canvas showing because I want to challenge myself more. It is very difficult for me to leave 'blank' space as I learned early on to cover the entire work surface. I find this interesting as I find that most often people are intimidated by filling the white and I feel the exact opposite though there is an interesting energy in the push and pull of pattern and colour against white. I know that leaving the white background is important when using watercolours but I find that the beauty of acrylic is the fact that white can always be added later.
These past few days I've been spending time and thought on gratitude. Taking time to remember how every day of my life is something to be thankful for, and to focus on little things that make life so wonderful. Today's list includes:
~ a glass palette on my tabouret
~ painting with my daughters
~ the fresh smell of baking bread
~ the cozy daybed in my studio
~ good memories from the past
~ great literature to get lost in
~ learning something new every day
~ new beginnings
I'm also learning to trust my instincts even more. Not pushing myself just because I think I 'should' but rather trusting myself to know when my discomfort is a sign to move in a new direction or to stop completely. I'm learning to trust my word-of-the-year...to be 'still'. I'm glad for the trials and triumphs of the past year as they have both given me the opportunity to grow into myself. And I'm learning to allow things to happen as they should.