It’s an internal struggle for me some days: should I write or paint? Sometimes I’m split in two. I’ve decided on small goals: one small painting or drawing a day to help me warm up for my writing practice. 3.5″ x 3.5″ each. And so it’s been three days so far…I’ll try not to be too hard on myself if I skip a day. It takes about 20 minutes to do a painting. I make myself write for at least 10 minutes a day…a few hours if I’m on a roll. That’s only 30 minutes a day. I can’t use “no time” as an excuse.
The American Goldfinch
A view of the train and downtown Bryson City
I also can’t use “lack of tools” as an excuse either. I just use the cheap watercolors from Michaels and a scraggly paint brush that I trim down here and there with scissors. And writing? The cavemen used mud on a wall, what’s my excuse going to be? I have mud, I have walls…but hopefully it won’t come to that.
And my painting classes from school are slowly coming back. A lot of times I paint upside down so I just focus on the shapes.
Any requests? Because I do much better with assignments.
P.S. Today (Feb 23rd)…every purchase of a Choose Joy necklace comes with a free bag of Choose Joy bracelets!
One of Ruby.
I’ll second that. Maybe the depot, too?
yes, Ruby! And your house!
Diesel and/or Max?
Love your paintings, and your simple supplies.
The depot for sure!
Holly Schroeder says
Any part of the bookstore where you volunteer.
Your future vision of the depot
If you get desperate I’ll send you a picture of my munchkin and you can paint her! But, you should probably make Boo a priority 😉
You’re very talented!
Ashley Massey says
I love the idea of putting everything into a book and binding it. I say maybe a pic of boo or the inn as you remember it from childhood. Maybe a viewpoint of looking in through the front window of the bookshop. I would love to paint like that. They are absolutely gorgeous! If you ever need tips or help binding them I am a book binder. Self taught but it is what I love to do and would love to help if you need tips! Being as creative as you are though I am sure you can bind a beautiful book. As always, I love reading and catching up with your blog!
My requests – Max & Diesel, the Depot, the creek with snow covered rocks, the view of the town of Bryson, the cabin you stayed in when you moved to NC, maybe of the main lodge too. The deer in the backyard.
Beth Ogden says
I love this idea! I might even challenge myself to do the same (although I’ll probably stick to ink drawings- I learned how to paint using oil paints and can’t seem to get the hang of anything else, but I CAN draw using different materials).