Passions of an Odd Chick

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A little spoiled...

There is that strange pull in me this time of year when I look forward to the spring and the new hay fields and future work, and a part of my heart that dreads the long hours, the time away from paint, the time away from Sweet Farmer. I've had a lazy, dreamy winter and I have spent so much time in the house in front of the wood stove that I've gotten really soft... and spoiled.
I keep working in my journal and turning out faces to sell. Yes, I'm definitely painting to sell and Sweet Farmer hates it. But I have this venue, this window of opportunity to sell these faces, to let them fly me to Italy and I'm going for it. I'm still learning a little bit although there is not real art-muscle stretching going on over here.
WORK... real work.. well, it's easy to take the easy road these days. But it is coming.

Speaking of real work. My parents just celebrated a 54th wedding anniversary. I was visiting there and I got on you-tube and played "Until the Twelfth of Never" for them while they were still cuddled in bed. It was my parent's favorite song when they met, but my grandmother wouldn't let my mom play it at her wedding because she thought Elvis was evil. lol. It was such a beautiful song- it made me cry like a baby in front in them. The road hasn't been that easy for them lately, but they are strong spirits, never blaming circumstances, just taking the high road hike every time. It makes me proud.
So down deep, I know I have the genes to do the hard work when I have to. May God give us all a new spring in our hearts and spirits.


Jennifer Richardson said...

I understand.
I SO get that.
And I've smelled like
ben gay for weeks since
an eerily early warming
dragged us out of hibernation
almost a month earlier than
I'm homesick
for my paints and pens.
Some evenings I've got something
left for my art.
I have to believe that one
part of our lives
helps cultivate the other.
Pulling for you,

Kay said...

such a sweet tribute to your parents. It was hard for me to go to work after a year of no job..but then it ended just as I was getting into I decided to enjoy this week!Hope all is well..

Andrew Green said...

I felt like spring was in the air just yesterday....
And it's snowing again.

Lovely art work and writing, by the way.

Louise Gale said...

I cant wait for Spring. I like the idea of creating one for ourselves. Xx

simplyred said...

What a wonderful portrait of your parents. You can see the love in their faces and their posture.

As for the hard work, well, yeah, I'm with you on that one. But I also remember some wonderful posts about the joy you find in your work, the peace and solitude you enjoy when you're up in the cab of that monster machine you love. So it seems you really do have a wonderful balance in your life. Enjoy it.

Gypsy Gold Studio

Buffy said...

Just know that its only for a season and hopefully you will still find some time for your art! I love the picture of your parents,they look like they have a strong marrige and are happy!

Diane said...

I looking at the details of your work--love the colors you use!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Your parents' long marriage is a beautiful thing. They look radiantly happy.

As for spring, around our parts, it's still gonna be a while!

sonyamacdesigns said...

your parents ARE beautiful!

Steve Emery said...

Ditto what everyone said about your parents. Very beautiful at many levels.

And you might feel like you're just painting at the moment to keep the walls filled and the sales going, but there is still growing going on while you do that. A different set of forces is set into motion, and will change your work, some now, some later. I think the different motives have taken some "artistic" pressure off you, and you look like you're loosening up some. That's usually good news, in my own experience.

So it's not all mercenary - it's not just for Italy.