One: Muse

With the muse on vacation I do preparation work.
New work everywhere.

Lately my muse has taken a holiday. Circumstances have interfered with my sense of balance. In order for circumstances to interfere, I must be less than grounded. When I ground myself well in who I am and what I do, little can disrupt my equilibrium. It is a choice. I choose to focus on the positive therefore the holiday will be short.

Discovering my muse is absent

Wiring does not require a muse.
Wiring is one museless task

To begin with, I fail to recognize the imbalance. I just know my muse is absent. Giving it time to readjust I plunge into the myriad of less challenging tasks filling my studio. I put aside the painting causing me to ponder and take up painting edges on those finished pieces. 

When is finished finished?

Separating items for workshops.
Sorting things for workshops

In my world, finished has several stages of completion. When the main image satisfies my muse, I declare it finished. Most people assume that means it is ready to hang for sale. Not so.

Tasks not needing my muse

I need my muse for this one.
Relegated to the corner

Sometimes for the small ones, the wire at the back is in place. I need it to hang on the easel as I work. Most of the time I need to install the wire. Once I complete the edges, I again pronounce the piece “finished”. However, I add the metallic circles, the poetry and the Bible quote at this point.

More tasks

Meditative work.
DEVENIR’s project

Then there is the photography, the varnishing, the labeling, the protective cover and its label, the inventory number and bookkeeping none of which requires my muse. Finally it is done.


A hanger for our project.
Straightening a pole.

Another project in the wings is the preparation of canvases for upcoming projects. Texturing, gessoing and glow layers are all necessary chores not needing my muse. I could sweep or vacuum, prepare workshops, water the plants. For the past few days I have been working on the development of a DEVENIR exhibition, one stitch at a time. Still in the early stages, we will probably reject the pilot as we search for an easier way to present our idea.

My muse is back on Monday.

My muse will be back on Monday. She does not like to be away too long. And the circumstances? Well, we will resolve them, one at a time.


One: Bits

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Almost done

Bits and pieces make up my working day. I steal minutes, hours , morning, noon and night. Consequently, I am finishing a few things. In the midst of all the bustle I remember my life is not mine. When all is said and done, the doing comes in a distant second to the way we treat those around us.

My biggest fan

Admittedly, my remembering comes after I have chewed out my husband for coming home too soon. Poor fellow. Especially since his only fault is his excitement about sharing his latest encounter or achievement and there are many. So, I apologise; he forgives me and we move on. Breathe.

Putting things together

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed my progress with the preparations for my workshops which begin in just over a week. While I was preparing examples for the students to see how the results of their efforts might look, I discovered I had forgotten how easy it is to use certain techniques. One really cannot make a mistake. And if one does, just add some more bits. On occasion, when I read my instructions, I redo the example. For sure, the cards do not need to look a certain way. However, I am trying to use up some leftover paper from other projects. I dislike waste.

Painting progress

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Making progress

Progress reigns in the painting department as well. I think I have finished one. Sitting on the floor, it waits for approval. The second sitting. I changed a few things from the first sit. Looking at the available canvases in my studio I decided to prepare another two with molding paste as the four I am working with are coming along nicely. My anxiety to finish has something to do with April. Probably since I did not get any done in April.

More examples

Not everything I do has to do with art. Well, not directly. Bookkeeping for example. Stealing bits and pieces of time is the best way to keep up. Combined with a deadline (the statement date), the work is ready with much less stress when tax season arrives. Another bit among the bits, was a webinar. I listened attentively to the changes Facebook and Instagram are making to their programs. Important stuff. It looks like I will need to spend money. Sigh. Put up my new sign and filled in as receptionist for the VASA show on Thursday too.

Doing things in bits

Doing things in bits seems to work for me. Following an intense session with my paintbrush I need a break. Hanging new paintings in my gallery, preparing new canvases, counting materials for a workshop, stealing time all contributes to a job well done. Life is good.


One: Focus

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Almost finished….

Multitasking is my middle name. I am not as good at it as I used to be. Something to do with age and memory. Focus could be another reason. Lately my focus has scattered in all directions as I reset my priorities.

New Priorities

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November waits…

First of all, I still require time to complete my major task of providing about thirty paintings for a solo show in November. And, fortunately, I have been invited to present four workshops in May. As well, some new customers wish me to provide some preliminary sketches for a large commission. We have not settled on a deadline for this so it will slip into the background for now.

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The hills are alive

Focus on Workshops

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More prep…

The last time I presented these workshops was about five or more years ago. I gave most of my materials away because I decided I would no longer entertain school residencies. Well, the workshops are not for children. My clientele is at the other end of the spectrum. Thankfully the class is limited to ten.  Much less to prepare, yet quite enough to fill many hours. The real positive in all this is I will be well equipped again. I do intend to continue. I have missed teaching.

Revamping Website

In the midst of all this activity I decided to revamp my website. It has long waited for some overdue attention. In spite of a huge lack of technological expertise I have found the exercise less demanding than expected. Nevertheless, there is much yet to do. My intention is to again attempt the round of applications to commercial galleries. We will see how that manifests. 


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Repetitive exercise

DEVENIR is beginning a new project. We have the elements but not the final product. While a new venture is always exciting, the discussions, finding materials and deciding on a format all takes time. I am delighted I am not doing this alone! So fun.

Babysitting gives me time

Another focus for me is babysitting my granddaughter once per week. Delightfully helpful this toddler is quite willing to help me with yard work, shopping, laundry or any other household task. She will provide me with the time to complete any necessary indoor/outdoor tasks as we wait for planting season.

New life

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Making progress nonetheless

All in all, life is good. Spring energizes the atmosphere and everything breathes in the new life.

Focusing on thankfulness will steady my keel as I set my sails for new horizons. Wishing everyone an excellent week.