When I started this, i never realized all that I would learn this year. There have certainly been sick days and tired days, and NITOC days (debate nationals). I've started paintings at 2:00am after the debate "after parties." I've painted in my car at ballet, in my bed and in lots and lots of hotel rooms. I've done itty bitty to giant and in just about every medium- including painting with make up one night when I just didn't have the energy to go out of my hotel room to the car in search of my supplies.
1. I learned to persevere. Nothing is easy, but you get up and do it anyway.
2. I learned to finish what I start. Paintings are always works in progress. They collect and never seem to get "finished". -Or they finish themselves into being overworked... and me saying, "Oh why didn't I stop before I ruined it?" With the challenge of finishing a painting- I had to be done... or never sleep. I am so thankful to my Madeline, my official "art stopper." She has been my final word in when a painting is truly finished. It could be that SHE wants to get to bed. *grin* Nevertheless, once it's posted there is no going back.
3. I learned to get over myself. I know that I am not Monet or Van Gogh ...maybe Grandma Moses... Posting on Facebook is interesting. Some days I am not thrilled with how a painting turned out, but sleep looks so much better. So I post and know that I tried. The next day I'll try again. Then I try really hard not to look and see if anyone -liked- it.
4. I learned that I have been blessed with so many friends and family that have encouraged me. Sometimes days are hard, but knowing I get to connect with the people I love, even for a few facebook minutes, puts life's priorities in proper order.
5. I learned that practicing anything each day really does help. Look back at my facebook posts a year ago.
6. I learned that God provides. When I am empty, He fills me.
7. I learned that I create because I am made in His image... the Creator of the Universe.
8. I learned that all glory is His.
Thanks, everyone, for popping along on this journey with me! The question people keep asking is will I continue? I am truly pondering this one. I think I need a leisurely birthday tomorrow, a cup of coffee, some fuzzy slippers and a/ the good book to decide. I'll let you know.