Friday, January 1, 2010

starting the new year right

It is said that what you do on New Year's Day is what you will be doing for the rest of the year. So with that in mind I decided that I ought to spend part of the day working on a painting that I'd been thinking about for months.

One of the things that I did with the money I got for painting the mural was purchase an easel from Dick Blick. Lack of an easel has always been one of the obstacles standing between me and painting. But even though I got the easel in August, I hadn't done any painting since I finished the mural Labor Day Weekend. There always seemed like there was something else that was more urgent.

It's hard to remember that some things that aren't urgent are actually more important than the urgent things. Urgency often comes from other people, while importance comes from within us.

I have a lovely little snap shot of my husband John snoozing with Rosie dog and felt that it would make a good painting. So I started this at about noon, and what you see is about three hours worth of work. I have quite a bit more work to do on Rosie dog and John needs his glasses (yes he was sleeping with them on) and his watch.


Anonymous said...

The painting is fabulous..... I fall asleep with my glasses on too!! I can't wait to see it when you have it finished!!
Have a Wonderful New Year!

septembermom said...

How lovely. What a beautiful, heartwarming subject for a painting. I love the vibrant colors and soft strokes.

Happy New Year!! Wishing you a year full of joy and creativity :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Sue, does that mean I will be shoveling the rest of the year??? We are getting a long, slow, storm up this way.

I want to see the painting when it is all done, for sure. Such talent!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Quiet Paths said...

This is great, Sue. What a peaceful, love-filled portrait. Talent + observational ability = good stuff. So glad you were able to put the extra money towards your painting.