Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Journey is the Destination ( Dan Eldon)

84) Margi Hennen, PH14PG002hf084

I am continuing to paint portraits--improving my technique with repetition--and also starting a series of more emotional paintings, new sculptures, doing as much drawing, reading, writing, studying, exercise, eating well, and being outside as I can. This Adventure of the last third of life, of taking advantage of having worked hard in health care and saving my money for 20 years. Now it's All Art, All the Time, and I've been getting rid of other obligations to the extent that sometimes I wonder if there will be anything left. But there IS.

An older acrylic on paper portrait of Patti

83) Patti Gibbones, Hot Flash Woman #83 1/14

New research contradicts the Multi-tasking Myth under which we've been suffering for the last decade. It's One Activity, One thought at a time. It will appear to take longer to accomplish anything, but as in Meditation, I must keep gently bringing my attention back to the project at hand...AND being Very Aware of the things that are most important to me to do...grow, stretch my skills/knowledge/experience in all aspects art making. I can spend hours following all the trails that Brain Pickings initiates...and that could be a productive use of some of my hours. I have a tendency to be easily led astray...finding the journal from my Heroine's Journey in 2003 and a notebook full of stimulating ideas for art that I collected ten years ago. My many trips back and forth through the house add to my exercise routine.

Progression of the white Sculpture

Added the stabilizing leg, the other arm

Another Boomer friend, listed all the many things she wants to accomplish and study during 2014...and because there are so many, she has been unable to focus and accomplish anything so far...true, only a little more than two weeks to date, but still. It is Absolutely Necessary for me to keep gently bringing myself back to task. I see how rapidly my attention vibrates from task to task, and how much momentum can be lost in distraction, yet I know that on good days, I can make that work for me. Even If I do not create a huge body of work--all the better because of potential storage problems. I do So Enjoy the Process of discovery...and I feel a great well of Potential within me, potential honed by WORK! 

My first multi-panel Graphic Grannies


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