encaustic and paper on birch 5x5
So, what gets us out of these ruts? Challenges are a great place to start to get us to stretch a little. The key to a good challenge is commitment. Its an agreement with yourself that you WILL follow through and stretch a little and then perhaps a lot. I've been playing along with Summer of Color2 and its luscious ice cream inspirations. Last week was Strawberry Lemonade which totally tipped me over. I could not get my head wrapped around pink and yellow. I fell off the wagon and didn't participate. I did have someone point out that pink and yellow are skin colors - that didn't even help. This week - Wild 'n Reckless Sherbet - blue, pink and apple green.... really not my colors... at all. This is where the commitment part comes in... I totally pulled a muscle on pink and yellow and it caused me to sit out and be sidelined for a week. Injuries suck. I made a run at it and ended up on the bench again. This week... limping all the way, I decided that I had made a commitment to me that I would participate no matter how difficult... (the stretch). I pulled all colors off my palette with the exception of pink, blue and green. I was stumped and blocked myself into a corner and just sat there like a lump. It was far too easy to just give in and sit out another week. Then she came to my window- little bird. There are no birds in the world that are this color - but no matter, its the stretch that counts and the commitment to the challenge of stretching.
As for the kitchen dilemma... I recently took a cooking class and today I'm sitting down with a cup of tea, Cooking Light Magazine and pencil and paper to make my shopping list. Happy Paint Party Friday everyone!!