Unlike painting where I can just walk into the studio and begin creating as long as the mess is not too out of control, writing for me requires a certain amount of preparation. I have to go through the steps or ritual of sorts to get mentally in the mode to sit down and write a story. It starts with closing the door to my office, turn on the appropriate music, maybe a glass of wine, and then sink into the music I am listening too...That starts the process of putting down the words. The elements of my writing I am discovering are much like my painting. Bits and pieces of my thoughts scattered about on a blank slate hopefully to be turned into a well thought out finished piece. I have never considered myself a good writer and that's probably another reason why I have not blogged much as of late. I sometimes look at my written work and think, "Who wants to read this?" A little self doubt? "Yes!" However as I tell my kids almost daily, "Practice makes perfect". I should follow my own advice. If I only had the same confidence that I have with my art! But don't we all have areas of self doubt? Sometimes we carry around the weight of doubt in our hearts so much that its a wonder we get through the day. Letting go and letting loose is so hard sometimes. Practicing letting go does not neccessary make perfect but does and will give us the courage to stand a little taller within ourselves. That said, on Facebook last week I created a heart a day for the last 8 days in honor of Valentine's Day. Little bits and pieces of my thoughts scattered about on a colorful canvas of color, collage and hearts. I am very pleased with the collection and I think that it has a great year round quality to it. I have hearts of one sort or another all throughout my home hanging all the time to be reminded what is so near and dear to me, I hold close to my heart.
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