Thursday, May 28, 2009
a couple of months ago i volunteered to take a class at work that would train me to be a certified car seat technician. it is a 4- day course of training, lectures, hand-on skills tests and written tests. as it got into the hefty technical aspects today i couldn't help asking myself why am i doing this?? it was not required. no one else in my department volunteered. why had a taken something on that i was obviously not all that cut out to do? one co-worker said it was because i was a real go-getter. others said i had a thirst for knowledge. me? i say i'm just a glutton for punishment. hee hee i am proud to say that i hung in there and passed both the skills tests today. pusing those boundaries aside i found a way to push thru and succeed.
i've often said that as aging women, we have two choices: give in or fight back. when i give in i allow myself to eat too much, gain weight and be a total couch potato. very little self-improvement takes place and i tend to simply veg. when i fight back i eat healthier, get more exercise, feel better and challenge myself to stretch my wings in new and often frightening ways. it is by fighting back that i gain my strength and my joy in life. although, even when fighting back i rarely pass up a good piece of chocolate cake! hee hee
this last week, some of my art sold including an original shadow box collage and the "she journeyed" piece i featured here. this small surge validates me in ways many of you can understand, i'm sure. it satisfies the soul and creates in me a desire to push those boundaries back even further so i can fly free . . . soar.
this is a large commission piece i started on monday. it is 36" x 18" solid aspen. i'm still applying the first layer of torn vintage sheet music. next i'll start adding layers of paint and building the base for the subject matter up with torn tissue paper. i don't have a firm design set down yet and plan to just let this one take course as it will -- basically i'll let the art have it's way with me and i'll follow along for the adventure. how fun to see where we'll travel together . . . pushing the boundaries all the way!!
Posted by julie king at 5:53 PM