encaustic on birch 4 x 6
29 Faces: Faces 20-24
I'm drawing a blank when it comes to new painting ideas. So, new starts are on hold for today. Some days are like that. I actually believe they are meant to be days of rest. I believe we actually have gotten ourselves so wired that we just need to have a day (or two) that is blank. The brain and the body get in together and rise up and call for a blank day.
On these blank days, I tend to do mundane, routine things. I still show up in the studio, because sometimes blanks turn into blossoms.. and other times - no, just blank. I put wires on the backs of paintings, paint the edges of the cradled panels, and prep and tape new panels. I make wax medium in the garage. These tasks are ones that I put off... ones I hate taking the time to do. Yet, there is a peacefulness in doing something that requires motion and no real thought. I've come to enjoy blank days. And with all the tasks complete, I feel ready for when the spark returns.
In my blankness, I've discovered some new good things:
I've found a new Pandora station that I love - Fun. radio. Fun. as in the band that won best new artist of the year.
I've signed up for Deepak Chopra's upcoming 21 Day Meditation Challenge. I've loved these in the past - and even though it takes 21 days for a habit to form.. I don't seem to hang on to meditation. But, the challenges are great and free and you can sign up here.
I've also signed up to be part of Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap again this year. The Swap is open now, so sign up here.